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I recently upgraded my PC and now my copy of windows 10 is no longer activated

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Posted · Original PosterOP

When I go to troubleshoot and say i've recently changed hardware it says that it is unable to activate windows.

The error code displayed in the activation screen is 0xC004F025.

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Are you able to reactivate your PC with your key? 


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I presume you tried to to reenter your key and it still won't activate? What hardware did you change exactly? As far as I know the Windows activation key is tied to the motherboard.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
16 hours ago, homeap5 said:

This is every day question here.

You must link your local account to Microsoft Account first, before hardware change.

This was previously done. I have changed hardware before with no problems

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Posted · Original PosterOP
22 hours ago, Creed1 said:

Are you able to reactivate your PC with your key? 

I don't have a key as such. I upgraded from Windows 8

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Posted · Original PosterOP
22 hours ago, lexidobe said:

I presume you tried to to reenter your key and it still won't activate? What hardware did you change exactly? As far as I know the Windows activation key is tied to the motherboard.

I don't have a key I upgraded from Windows 8. And I changed all components but the drive. I've linked my key to my windows account though so previously it hasn't been an issue

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I guess the hardware change may be too radical, windows also has a limit for the max number of hardware changes.

 

It is explained in this video


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Limit or not, Microsoft support should help. They write about that linked account and hardware change, but not about limit (at least I see no limit info on Microsoft website where activation after hardware change was explained).

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