After several attempts, and a return to last known good configuration, I managed to boot the thing and it worked. If you clone a systems hard drive to a new hard drive and then boot to the cloned drive, in most cases windows doesn't care or need to re-activate. Does anyone else know if the auto activation is not working for fresh installs as well as hardware changes?? I will agree provided I know any authoritative cite as queried above and that states that things have changed for Windows 7 as you profess. Eventually I did manage to get online so that I could re-activate Windows. Calling support via phone did not help at all and I am really frustrated because I simply cannot afford to buy windows 10 again the watermark really bothers me. Click on the license number associated to the new 2013 license.
Reboot for the change to take effect. So there is not much benefit but on the other hand, you get big brother watching over how you licensed it. Use a valid license key to register the software. Windows 10: Windows 10 activation after hardware change. While it may technically work, you're not licensed to do so. I do appreciate your efforts and time.
The singularly most frustrating part of this problem is that it is almost impossible to find a link on the Microsoft or, indeed almost any other major company's website to send a complaint by e-mail. That is the question that I am trying to resolve. I am not so sure that your Windows 7 or 8 license depending on what you previously had is still valid. But swapping boards is the major hardware change for sure! But you can always use the Media Creation tool to accomplish the same as far as seeing the present build downloaded and saved locally to a drive as well as seeing the installation media made up. If you clone a systems hard drive to a new hard drive and then boot to the cloned drive, in most cases windows doesn't care or need to re-activate. It was a hardware change.
If you install Windows as a guest operating system in a new virtual machine, it requires activation the same as if you had installed it on a physical computer. As for the technical 'will it work' aspect, yes, it most certainly should. Just launch the Contact Support app included in Windows 10. At least not in brazil. Microsoft has always said it doesn't keep the information, but that may have changed with Windows 10.
Suffice it to say, I think it's disgusting the way they abuse their near-monopoly position to do as they want with or to their poor customers. I am asking, because I am not so sure that your Windows 7 or 8 license depending on what you previously had is still valid. 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! Select your device in the list, tick the option This is the device I'm using right now and click on the Activate button. Now after talking with support this is no longer possible and I have to go back to 8 or 7 and re upgrade. It is one of the many benefits of using volume licensing.
Hi Meli, Thank you for posting the query on Microsoft Community. I just did my moms dell last week. The license that was upgraded was a Windows 7 license that came with the laptop. I do remember you having said that in Phone activation where you are required to talk to a person the caller's ability to convince the man at the other end is crucial. Where do I go from here? Which we have done so many times before. Much to my surprise, I was greeted with yet another message via the web browser this time that 'according to our records, you have exceeded the number of times this copy of Windows can be activated with the current license key; therefore you are now required to purchase another license. No personal ego comes here.
As long as you explain that it's a repair, they'll almost always reactivate it for you. Correct, that is not licensed. Took the free upgrade to windows 10 a long time ago now I have finally saved up money for a Motherboard,cpu and ram upgrade but sadly windows is trying to tell me to activate it again. Secondly, alphabetizing the applications on the Start menu is ridiculous to say the least! Upgrade worked, it activated, but had bugs - couldn't open windows explorer. During the subsequent time, I have on several occasions had to format my hard drive and reload Windows, due to otherwise insoluble problems. Simply leave their other accounts out of it. They tell you the rules and pretty much just hope you'll follow them.
I heard that on the first time changing hardware you could reactivate Windows 10 for free, and that on subsequent changes only you would need to buy a license. When the Windows operating system starts up, it checks to see if it is running on the same hardware on which it was originally installed. Note: Completing the steps below may switch the sign in account from a local account to the Microsoft account. · Paste the report into a thread in the appropriate forum Keith Microsoft Answers Support Engineer Visit our and let us know what you think Walter, The Time Zone Traveller. Windows 10 will no longer be able to activate from the activation server automatically.
I suppose that should also indicate which components take part. Install and make an image backup of your entire hard drive. Enter your Microsoft Account details when prompted. Your real key for each machine is in the cloud linked to your Microsoft Account. It is the same key used on every Windows 10 Enterprise machine in our environment.
I have a how-to on this process here:. An is 1000 times better than doing a system restore or by reverting the registry, and you should never have to reactivate Windows again. Hope this helps in resolving the issue. If you need to reinstall or do a clean install, use the same Microsoft Account as the original upgrade. I think I forgot how to partition and format drives, oh how my school instructor would love this one. .