Windows 10: Windows activation after a hardware change, missing Windows 10 Pro product key.

Discus and support Windows activation after a hardware change, missing Windows 10 Pro product key. in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hello, I recently updated my PC hardware (I still have the same hard drives) and as I fired up my new computer, I got a greeting from the "Activate... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by FafarID, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. FafarID Win User

    Windows activation after a hardware change, missing Windows 10 Pro product key.


    Hello,


    I recently updated my PC hardware (I still have the same hard drives) and as I fired up my new computer, I got a greeting from the "Activate Windows" -text on the bottom right corner of my monitor. As I can't remember or find the code for the Windows 10 Pro I was using before this since I got it as a gift and never linked it to any Microsoft account, is there a way I can recover my windows? I have the last 5 digits of the code but that's all basically.


    Thanks.

    :)
     
    FafarID, Sep 27, 2019
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  2. FX-GMC Win User

    Windows 8.1 pro + WMC key activation

    This worked for me last time with a Win 8 key.

    Install Windows 8.1 and enter KMS key during setup. Once in windows change product key to my Windows 8 key. Go to add features and enter my WMC add-on key. Drink a beer to a job well done.
     
    FX-GMC, Sep 27, 2019
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  3. tigger Win User
    Should I buy Windows 10 Home or Pro?

    I bought a win 10 pro oem key for £25, changed my motherboard and cpu, and reinstalled windows, and it activated automatically. So I would say why not buy pro?

    From here-
    Buy Windows 10 Professional license online - Softwaregeeks.co.uk

    Was near enough instant delivery of key by email, and it activated on my original install, and on a clean install with changed hardware. Can't say fairer than that for £25
     
    tigger, Sep 27, 2019
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  4. tigger Win User

    Windows activation after a hardware change, missing Windows 10 Pro product key.

    Windows 8.1 pro + WMC key activation

    So it will be fine installing 8.1 pro with a KMS key, then switch to my 8 pro key and it will activate ok?

    Maybe a daft question but why can't you just install 8.1 pro with the 8 pro key, or is it different keys for 8 and 8.1? seems silly when 8.1 is a free update anyway.
     
    tigger, Sep 27, 2019
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