Windows 10: Windows saying not activated after motherboard upgrade

Discus and support Windows saying not activated after motherboard upgrade in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hi, I recently upgraded some PC parts (new motherboard, RAM, processor, video card) and ever since then I have a watermark in the bottom right of my... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by mshimala, May 12, 2017.

  1. mshimala Win User

    Windows saying not activated after motherboard upgrade


    Hi,

    I recently upgraded some PC parts (new motherboard, RAM, processor, video card) and ever since then I have a watermark in the bottom right of my display reading "Activate Windows - Go to Settings to activate Windows."

    I took advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 back when they were allowing Windows 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10. I don't remember receiving an activation key during this upgrade.

    I've read online that installing a new motherboard can occasionally cause issues with OS activation. How can I reactivate my Windows without having to purchase Windows 10.

    Some things to note:
    • This watermark was not there prior to installing the new motherboard
    • As some places (and a Microsoft Tech Support member) suggested, typing the query "wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey" into CMD just returns with "OA3xOriginalProductKey". The Microsoft Support member seemed confused by this and said there was nothing further she could do.

    Thanks!

    :)
     
    mshimala, May 12, 2017
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  2. Re-activating Windows 10 after motherboard change.

    Hi everyone

    I am currently using Windows 10 Build 1607 (Anniversary edition). I had bought a pre-built pc with windows 8 OEM version which I upgraded to windows 10 using the free upgrade program. Now in settings it says my Windows is activated using a digital license
    which is linked to my Microsoft account. Will I have to re-install windows after changing the motherboard? Will I be able to re-activate my windows after changing my motherboard using the activation troubleshooter?
     
    Alex Sebastian Manjakunnel, May 12, 2017
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  3. Jtann Win User
    Changed motherboard, now my copy of Windows 10 isn't activated?

    I recently upgraded my motherboard and processor but now my PC is saying my copy of Windows 10 isn't activated and when I try to activate it my settings says I don't have a valid digital license or product key. After that it says Error code: 0x803F7001.
     
    Jtann, May 12, 2017
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  4. NavyLCDR New Member

    Windows saying not activated after motherboard upgrade

    NavyLCDR, May 12, 2017
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  5. mshimala Win User
    mshimala, May 12, 2017
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  6. NavyLCDR New Member
    You had to be on version 1607 or 1703 (Anniversary Update or Creator's Update) for it to link to your Microsoft Account. If you have the old Windows 8 product key you can use that to activate Windows 10 still. Or call Microsoft and beg them to activate your Windows 10 for you.

    If you were still on Windows 8, then you would be in the same situation - you would need a valid product key to activate it on a new motherboard.
     
    NavyLCDR, May 12, 2017
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  7. damocles Win User
    Basically with that kind of upgrade MS is seeing your computer as a new system. I've bricked a motherboard before and windows would not activate. I had to call them to explain what had happened. I told them my activation code and they replaced it over the phone, that was for Win7.
     
    damocles, Apr 5, 2018
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