Windows 10: Upgraded my motherboard, now my windows activation is invalid.

Discus and support Upgraded my motherboard, now my windows activation is invalid. in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I just finished upgrading my PC by installing a new motherboard. Everything was going fine, up until I restarted my PC to finish updating some... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by ZakNiland, Dec 28, 2020.

  1. ZakNiland Win User

    Upgraded my motherboard, now my windows activation is invalid.


    I just finished upgrading my PC by installing a new motherboard. Everything was going fine, up until I restarted my PC to finish updating some software. I get back to my home screen and see that I have a Windows 10 Activation watermark, despite the fact that I purchased a key in February of 2019. Any answers on how I can find my key to re-activate it or anything else? Thank you.

    :)
     
    ZakNiland, Dec 28, 2020
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  2. mshimala Win User

    Windows saying not activated after motherboard upgrade

    Hi,

    I recently upgraded some PC parts (new motherboard, RAM, processor, video card) and ever since then I have a watermark in the bottom right of my display reading "Activate Windows - Go to Settings to activate Windows."

    I took advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 back when they were allowing Windows 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10. I don't remember receiving an activation key during this upgrade.

    I've read online that installing a new motherboard can occasionally cause issues with OS activation. How can I reactivate my Windows without having to purchase Windows 10.

    Some things to note:
    • This watermark was not there prior to installing the new motherboard
    • As some places (and a Microsoft Tech Support member) suggested, typing the query "wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey" into CMD just returns with "OA3xOriginalProductKey". The Microsoft Support member seemed confused by this and said there was nothing further she could do.

    Thanks!
     
    mshimala, Dec 28, 2020
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  3. Windows 10 and upgrading motherboard

    Hi,



    Thank you for bringing up your query on Microsoft Community.



    The only hardware changes that can negatively impact activation status once you upgrade to free version are the changes to the:

    • CPU
    • TPM
    • Motherboard replacement
    The following changes are examples of hardware changes that will NOT impact the activation status:

    • HDD/SSD
    • Video card
    • Adding extra memory
    Let us follow the steps suggested by Andre Da Costa (replied
    on July 26, 2015) in the following thread:



    Will Upgrading Motherboard After Upgrading To Windows 10 Make Me Lose My Windows License?

    Will Upgrading Motherboard After Upgrading To Windows 10 Make Me Lose My Windows License?



    Kindly let us know if you need any further assistance with Windows, we are glad to assist you.
     
    Abdul_Malik, Dec 28, 2020
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  4. Upgraded my motherboard, now my windows activation is invalid.

    windows 10 activation after upgrading motherboard

    It depends on how Windows 10 was originally configured on your computer.

    If its a full retail store bought license online or offline, it is transferable to a new computer or motherboard.

    If its the free upgrade from a retail store bought Windows 7 or Windows 8 license, it is transferable to a new computer or motherboard.

    If its the free upgrade from a OEM preinstalled Windows 7 or Windows 8 license, it is NOT transferable to a new computer or motherboard.

    Learn more about transferring your license:


    If its a retail license, learn how to reactivate:

     
    Andre Da Costa, Dec 28, 2020
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