Windows 10: Windows Pro not activated after hardware change

Discus and support Windows Pro not activated after hardware change in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I upgraded my CPU today and due to the newer technology and chipset of the CPU I had to get a new motherboard that supports the chipset of the new CPU.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Jacques Vetter, May 8, 2020.

  1. Windows Pro not activated after hardware change


    I upgraded my CPU today and due to the newer technology and chipset of the CPU I had to get a new motherboard that supports the chipset of the new CPU. after installing the hardware and resetting the PC my windows Pro was not activated anymore? I tried the troubleshooter and nothing helped just says to buy a new license which is totally bs. Please help.

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    Jacques Vetter, May 8, 2020
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  2. Kolby65 Win User

    Activating Windows 10 Pro After a Hardware Upgrade!

    I followed all the steps to linking my Windows 10 Pro to my Microsoft account so that I could upgrade my hardware, reinstall Windows 10 Pro, and activate it, but it's not working. I'm signed into my Microsoft account. I tried the activation troubleshooter,
    selecing that I recently changed hardware, etc. Nothing is working. I can see my old computer under my Microsoft account, as well as my new one (with better hardware). I changed the motherboard, ram, and CPU. Any suggestions would be wonderful.
     
    Kolby65, May 8, 2020
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  3. HAT
    hat Win User
    windows activation—hardware changed siginficantly

    From time to time on my thoroughbred PC, I get a Windows activation message that says my hardware changed siginificantly and I have to re-activate Windows. My hardware hasn't changed any more than a network card (went from a wireless g card to onboard lan to a wired network card), and the install is legit. Why is it doing this, and how can I stop it?
     
  4. Nikhar_K Win User

    Windows Pro not activated 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, May 8, 2020
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