Re-activate W10 after hardware change
Sometimes we need to change some damaged part of our computer or simply we want to upgrade it. Then you face a problem, you can not activate your operating systems or you don’t know what has to do.
Well, all depend on where you bought the operating system or it is came preinstalled with the computer. When Windows came with the computer or you upgrade it, we called an OEM license, for that if your motherboard has a failure you need to buy a new license. So essentially it is non-transferable in that case you need to get a new license.
In other hands, if you want to upgrade your computer you can save your digital license (OEM) in your Microsoft account. There is a guide below to link your Microsoft account with the digital license
Take into account that you must have administrator privileges to go through this process .
-Use the Windows key + R keyboard then type ms-settings:
-Then select account
-Select Sign in with a Microsoft account instead
-Follow the prompts to switch to your Microsoft account.
-Enter your Microsoft account credentials, and click Sign-in. If the local account isn’t connected to a Microsoft account, you’ll also need to enter the password for the local account.
After linking your Microsoft account with the digital license, you can use the new Activation Troubleshooter to re-activate Windows 10 if you face some problems. Then you can click Troubleshoot to continue. (Your account must have administrator privileges to complete this process.) For retail licenses i.e. you purchased the license through Microsoft store. That does carry transfer rights. If that is the case, please see the below steps:
Run the activation troubleshooter on the new device using the below steps:
Go to Settings>Update and security>Activation and run the troubleshooter.
Select I recently changed hardware on this device. Please note that Activation troubleshooter requires you to have digital license linked to Microsoft Account.
Alternatively, if that does not help, you would have to call Microsoft Support. Contact Microsoft using the phone numbers below or use the chat support link