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Discus and support Windows 10 not reactivating after hardware change in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I changed the motherboard in my pc recently. I associated the device with my Microsoft account beforehand so I could continue using Windows 10. It... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by quijiboh, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. quijiboh Win User

    Windows 10 not reactivating after hardware change


    I changed the motherboard in my pc recently. I associated the device with my Microsoft account beforehand so I could continue using Windows 10.


    It worked initially, but since yesterday it says that my version of windows is not activated. The same device is now also listed twice under my account, one saying that Windows is up to date as of today, the other as of 28th Feb (before the switch).


    Is this the cause of the problem? If so, how can I resolve it?


    Thanks for any help.

    :)
     
    quijiboh, Mar 4, 2019
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  2. Rose Cal Win User

    Windows 10 reactivation on hardware changes

    Hi Florea,

    It is possible that Windows won't be able to identify your computer correctly that is why the operating system is not activated. To address your issue, we suggest that you follow the steps in this
    article on how to reactivate your Windows 10 after a hardware change.

    Let us know if you need further assistance.
     
    Rose Cal, Mar 4, 2019
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  3. taox Win User
    Windows 10 Hardware change

    So i will be changing my cpu, motherboard, ram to the z170 and i was wondering how i am going to reactivate windows 10. my parts should be here by the 11/18/2015 i want to prepare. *Smile Windows 10 not reactivating after hardware change :) thanks!
     
    taox, Mar 4, 2019
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  4. Nikhar_K Win User

    Windows 10 not reactivating after hardware change

    Unable to activate Windows after hardware change

    Hi,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    Usually the error code 0xC004F213 comes when there is a hardware change done on the computer (like Motherboard or Hard drive). The Windows license is associated with the device hardware. If there is any significant hardware changes, such as replacing
    motherboard or hard drive, Windows won’t be able to recognize the license.

    I suggest you to try the troubleshooting steps from the article
    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change
    and see if Windows gets activated.

    If you are using an OEM computer that came with Windows 7, and the motherboard has not been changed, then you can follow the steps to retrieve the product key that came with your OEM computer. To retrieve the product key follow the steps mentioned
    below:

    1. Type Command prompt in the search bar, that is on the taskbar.
    2. Right click on Command prompt icon and select Run as administrator.
    3. Type the command and press on Enter: wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
    4. You will find the product key.

    Hope it helps.

    Please reply with the status of the issue, we will be glad to help you further.

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, Mar 4, 2019
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