Windows 10: Windows Deactivated After Motherboard Change

Discus and support Windows Deactivated After Motherboard Change in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I replaced a B350 MB with an X470. The boot drive is the same, CPU is the same, ram is the same, same GPUs, same extra SSDs. It's the same system... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by ChrisNewman1, Mar 31, 2020.

  1. Windows Deactivated After Motherboard Change


    I replaced a B350 MB with an X470. The boot drive is the same, CPU is the same, ram is the same, same GPUs, same extra SSDs. It's the same system except for the motherboard that I have had for about 3 years.


    Error code: 0xC004F211


    I went through the "Troubleshoot" process and selected "I changed hardware on this device recently" and I consistently get the message,

    "Unable to activate windows"

    "We can't reactivate Windows as our servers aren't available right now. Wait for a few minutes or try adding your Microsoft account again. "


    I have waited a few minutes and tried over and over.


    I am logged in as the administrator, the same login information I used since day one 3 years ago.


    I still have my product key and I entered it and I get this message.

    "Unable to activate windows"

    We can't activate windows on this device because you don't have a valid digital licence or product key. If you think you do have a valid licence key, select troubleshoot below. 0x803fa067


    Windows 10 home 64 bit


    Any suggestions would be helpful because I will not pay for a new copy of windows to replace the one Microsoft deactivated because they made a mistake.

    :)
     
    ChrisNewman1, Mar 31, 2020
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  2. Activate Windows 10 after motherboard change

    Hi,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I built the PC myself and it is\was a retail Windows 8 Pro license upgraded to 10.

    The guide listed that I should be able to transfer the license, and following the steps given when selecting "I recently changed hardware" in the activation process it does not list my previous device to select from.

    My Microsoft account is logged in on both my old and new motherboard, and my old motherboard is unable to boot at all to deactivate or retrieve any keys.

    If my license is indeed available for transfer, how can I proceed from here?

    Thanks.
     
    Libertherme, Mar 31, 2020
    #2
  3. Xylee Del Win User
    Windows 10 Pro's license completely glitched out after changing motherboard and CPU

    We appreciate your reply. For us to know more about the issue, kindly answer the following questions:

    • Did you manage to deactivate Windows 10 Pro first before replacing your motherboard?
    • Do you still have the written copy of your product key?
    • Are you using the same hard disk where your Windows 10 Pro product key has been activated? If not, where is this hard disk?
    • Did you replace your hard disk along with your motherboard and CPU?
    • What is the edition of Windows activated on your computer? To know, press Windows + S. Type About, and click it.

    Meanwhile, we recommend that you deactivate and uninstall your Windows 10 Pro license from your old motherboard and reinstall it back on your machine using the steps below:

    Step 1: Check your your Windows 10 Pro product key using Windows Powershell or Command prompt. Follow the steps below and note down your product key:

    • Press Windows key + X.
    • Click Command Prompt (admin).
    • Enter the following command: wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
      and press Enter:
    • The product key will be revealed, copy the product key.

    Step 2: Deactivate and uninstall the Windows 10 Pro Product Key from the old motherboard since it has your license. Follow the steps below:

    • To know the Activation ID of your Windows installation. Open a command prompt using the Windows search box and type in
      slmgr.vbs /dlv and press Enter. This will display the detailed license information for the installed operating system.
    • A window will open up and will give you details about your Windows licensing and activation status. Look for
      Activation ID and note it down.
    • On the same command prompt window, type in slmgr /upk <your Activation ID> and press
      Enter. This uninstalls the product key of the current Windows edition. After a restart, the system will be in an Unlicensed state unless a new product key is installed.

    Step 3: Activate your Windows 10 Pro to your machine after uninstalling it due to a hardware change, follow the steps below:

    • Open a command prompt using the Windows search box and type in
      slmgr /ipk <Windows Product Key> and press Enter.
    • If the key is valid and applicable, the key is installed. If a key is already installed, it is silently replaced. If the key is invalid, an error is returned.
    • Open your Control Panel you will see Windows is activated message.

    Let us know if you need further assistance.
     
    Xylee Del, Mar 31, 2020
    #3
  4. (kdw)58 Win User

    Windows Deactivated After Motherboard Change

    Motherboard Upgraded: Windows wont activate.

    Also, as I was following steps to move Windows from one motherboard to the other, I was told to "deactivate" Windows on my current device. After doing so, the device was no longer in my list of devices that were linked to my account. Could this have caused
    Windows not to realize I

    had any licence to begin with?
     
    (kdw)58, Mar 31, 2020
    #4
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