Windows 10, activating after hardware change

By Kurt Nielsen
Aug 6, 2015
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  1. Hi!
    After I upgraded to Windows 10, I changed my motherboard and now I get the message that I need to activate Windows, after which I get the message that the present activation key is invalid. And off course: buy a new key in Store!
    Microsofts support pages leave no option for "calling in" as with Win-7/8 and do not mention anything else but get in contact with Microsoft Support, which in turn return my mail.

    Anybody have a solution for this mess
  2. ENCOM PC Mac

    ENCOM PC Mac TS Rookie


    First, backup all your files. Then you need to do a clean install with Windows 7 or 8 with your genuine key. After that, upgrade once again to Windows 10.
  3. Kurt Nielsen

    Kurt Nielsen TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thanks a lot! (y)
    That is what I feared that I have to do! Anyway, a clean install is what I should have done anyway at the Win-10 upgrade, so why not now!
    Kurt :D
  4. Larsenex

    Larsenex TS Enthusiast Posts: 53

    I am also going to go this route soon and was wondering this exact same thing. So, I can reinstall using the Win 7disc and then upgrade after.

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