However, Microsoft is now simplifying the process. When you make significant hardware changes, such as replacing the motherboard or hard drive, Windows 10 won't be able to identify your computer correctly, and as a result, the operating system won't activate. Your computer is not running a genuine version of the operating system. In this Windows 10 tutorial, we'll guide you through the process to link together your Microsoft Account and digital license, and the steps to use the Activation Troubleshooter to re-activate the operating system. Also, you can upgrade with a new license product key - such as from Home to Pro - but you cannot downgrade from Pro to Home without doing a new, clean install. I was getting discouraged seeing all these random forums suggesting I needed a clean install. You sir are a digital saint! Instead, when you perform an upgrade from within Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.
I have tried using my microsoft account to sign in and activate the license with no luck. Sorry if this has been asked already, but I have a few questions. I had to enter my old product key again — then it was activated. I am getting a Ryzen 5 2400G, but not to replace my i5-3570k. I was researching the internet for a solution to upgrade my Motherboard without having to reinstall Win10 and all the software I use in my recording studio.
I am not so sure that your Windows 7 or 8 license depending on what you previously had is still valid. Being that this free upgrade has us all sharing keys, support may not be able to activate you even if they wanted to. Since the board was replaced that is a bit more extensive then what was seen here when simply swapping out 4gb of Mushkin memory for 8gb of Kingston Hyper X! Theoretically, you should be able to remove the old puter, and then try to activate the new puter again. Is there an easy solution for this? I just did my moms dell last week. Not sure how to proceed, ive googled it and the same results. However, under the circumstance, it might be best to post here instead of starting a new thread. My only current option from my perspective seems to be trying to reinstall my windows from the ground up rather than the disk image of Windows 10 created from Macrium Reflect.
I wanted to verify a couple of things before I got started…. Reinstall 7 and upgrade to 10 is the only way at this point. Unfortunately I dont see an option to rollback to 8. If the key is invalid, an error is returned. Please let me know if you need any further assistance! You need to tie the license to a user account on your old system,this is done automatically as soon as you create one.
They may allow reuse of your current 'license' on this new hardware. But if you face any issues, I suggest you to go through Phone activation to activate your Windows 10 copy. So essentially it is non-transferable. I upgrade to Windows 7. Let us know if you need further assistance. Further, they said if I had upgraded the hardware before upgrading to windows 10, I would have had not problem.
Just launch the Contact Support app included in Windows 10. I can't remember where I bought this windows version or where the codes are, as I. Can you give me your blessing on moving on with the upgrade? However, my motherboard died in that time and I had to replace it. I did a fresh install after I upgraded from win7 on my desktop when no apps exe would open after startup. This does create some an inconvenient situation for people who bought —of Windows 7, 8, or 8. But that means that the only thing I have is a product key, my windows 10 is not lnked to my account. But if I legit have to reinstall windows, i want to fix that.
This is usually painless, but you can't do it online. I also replaced my X1 motherboard by Lenovo support because of memory failure. I have seen many guides where you pretty much lose your copy of Windows, and everything registered to your computer, but this is so much easier! I upgraded my mom's dell from win8. I bought Windows 7 Ultimate Edition digitally years ago. When the troubleshooter is done, you can click on the link at the bottom: I changed hardware on this device recently: Next, sign in to your Microsoft Account again as shown in the screen capture above. Please let me know if there is a way I can reset the license as its rather annoying that I got the license and. Alternatively, if that does not help, you would have to call Microsoft Support.
There is a limit number of times you can re-activate. Anyway, clean installed windows 10 to solve that issue. The edition of Windows 10 does not match the edition of the operating system you linked to your digital license. I tried going to settings and clicking the troubleshoot thing, but it still doesn't activate. After a restart, the system will be in an Unlicensed state unless a new product key is installed.
I have just replaced the motherboard in my desktop and now it says it needs activation. I guess it depends of what part your replacing. I have tried the tool to reactivate my digital license, but after logging in, it says that the windows servers are down, and that I should try again in some minutes. All he needed was evidence, in the form of an invoice, that I had purchased a new mobo and voila! That's where the 10 installer leaves the desktop at the start until the restart initializes the set up process. It seems it figured it out on its own.