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ok so i got windows 10 back when it was free and had no issues until today, i upgraded my motherboard, cpu and ram and suddenly in the bottom right corner it says "Activate windows, go to settings to activate windows"
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  1. upgraded my motherboard, cpu and ram

    windows sees that as a new/different pc than you had before
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  2. Is there anything I can do about this?
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    Faizan Rasul said:
    ok so i got windows 10 back when it was free and had no issues until today, i upgraded my motherboard, cpu and ram and suddenly in the bottom right corner it says "Activate windows, go to settings to activate windows"



    Faizan Rasul said:
    Is there anything I can do about this?


    New motherboard, the OS sees it as a new system..

    You should have done this before the hardware change:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3164428/windows-build-1607-activation.html


    Now, after the hardware change, your only recourse is to call MS and plead your case.
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  4. USAFRet said:
    Faizan Rasul said:
    ok so i got windows 10 back when it was free and had no issues until today, i upgraded my motherboard, cpu and ram and suddenly in the bottom right corner it says "Activate windows, go to settings to activate windows"



    Faizan Rasul said:
    Is there anything I can do about this?


    New motherboard, the OS sees it as a new system..


    Thanks, I contacted Microsoft and they managed to give me my windows 7 key from 2012/2013

    You should have done this before the hardware change:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3164428/windows-build-1607-activation.html


    Now, after the hardware change, your only recourse is to call MS and plead your case.
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  5. Faizan Rasul said:
    Is there anything I can do about this?


    If you are on windows 10 they give an option reply change in hardware when you do a troubleshoot. it's in that screen you can reactivate your current key to that computer, but it will deactivate it on the old hardware.
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