Windows 10: Windows Activation after Hardware Change for digital license

Discus and support Windows Activation after Hardware Change for digital license in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hi, I bought a digital license in February 2018. After I changed my hardware once, a year ago, i've never managed to reactivate my license on this... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by KeesFluitman, Feb 12, 2020 at 8:12 AM.

  1. Windows Activation after Hardware Change for digital license


    Hi,


    I bought a digital license in February 2018. After I changed my hardware once, a year ago, i've never managed to reactivate my license on this hardware. Maybe I did something wrong myself. I paid the 280 Swiss Francs for a digital license, because I know I change hardware often, I dont understand why it is such a struggle to activate windows again. I dont have the key available, but my order is in my history and in my mail.


    Please help me reactivate my license.


    with kind regards,


    Kees Fluitman

    :)
     
    KeesFluitman, Feb 12, 2020 at 8:12 AM
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  2. Uninstall (delete, remove) the Windows 10 digital license from old hardware, after reactivating it on new (similar) hardware, after hardware change

    Hi,

    I recently was able to reactivate my Windows 10 digital license on new (only on similar, same type laptop to laptop) hardware, by linking my Microsoft account. I followed the steps mentoned in

    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change
    .

    I find that the old hardware, still has an activated digital license of Windows.

    I need to uninstall the digital license from the old hardware, in such a way that it will not activate, on its own, and will not invalidate the digital license on my new hardware, at all.

    Please advice me, as I would like to transfer my digital license to my new hardware, completely, and permanently. I require my old hardware to not be having the digital license, at all, and the digital license to be completely deleted from it.
     
    Vikram S Ramani, Feb 12, 2020 at 8:13 AM
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  3. Windows 10 Digital License Activation not working after hardware change.

    From the MS site:

    "Digital licenses are associated with your hardware and linked to your Microsoft account, so there's nothing you need to find on your PC. You're all set once your PC is connected to the internet and you log in to your Microsoft
    account.

    Hide all
    First time installation and activation on a new device or motherboard
    Activate after reinstalling Windows 10
    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change

    When you make a significant hardware change to your device, such as replacing the motherboard, Windows 10 might no longer be activated.

    Make sure you associate your Microsoft account to your digital license to prepare for hardware changes. The association enables you to reactivate Windows using the Activation troubleshooter if you make a significant hardware change later. For more
    info, see Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change.

    If you don't have a digital license, you'll use a product key to activate. "

    I already had a product key given to me from OnTheHub. MS states that product key gets turned into a digital license:

    [table][tr][td]Buying a digital copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer[/td][td]Product keyFind your product key in the confirmation email you received after buying Windows 10 or in a digital locker accessible through the retailer’s website.A digital license will be given to your device for Windows 10 based on the valid product key you entered.[/td][/tr][/table]

    Furthermore, this PC did not have a preinstalled Windows 10. This was not a prebuilt PC and I have used this version on Windows since I built it in 2016.
     
  4. Windows Activation after Hardware Change for digital license

    Transferring Windows Digital License after significant hardware change

    I've significantly upgraded my PC (new motherboard, storage), to the point where Windows 10 doesn't recognise it as the device I had my Windows 10 digital license on. When I go to settings - activation, I get error code 0xc004f213 which states no product
    key was found on this device (I'm signed into my microsoft account which has the digital license from before). I proceed to trouble shoot, and then click I recently changed hardware on this device. It proceeds to take me to a screen which lists my devices,
    but it only shows my Laptop which is running a separate product key/digital license (I bought windows 8.1 for my laptop and took the free upgrade, whereas this desktop PC was on windows 7 before I upgraded to 10). My PC isn't showing on this list.

    I've been using this guide Need to reactivate Windows 10 after a hardware change? Here's how.

    So how do I go about re-activating my Windows 10 Digital License on this device? Also, is livechat only open at certain times? because I've been trying to find it but I get directed to this forum and a phone number instead.

    If this classes as a new PC due to the motherboard change do I need to buy a new version of Windows? If so, then is the license fixed to my old motherboard?
     
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