Unable to activate after changing motherboard


  1. Posts : 282
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
       #1

    Unable to activate after changing motherboard


    Hi all,


    Yesterday I finally installed my new Mobo and CPU.

    I got my Windows 7 retail disc and inserted the disc, and activated it just fine using the "9 boxes of code" with phone activation. Then, I installed Windows 10 using a USB bootable. However, I could NOT activate. It would say "no digital entitlement found" or something like that. I tried putting in my Windows 7 key for activation, but it said "this key is already being used on another PC". I tried using phone activation but after entering all the numbers, the automatic voice prompt told me he was unable to activate.

    Then, I reinstalled Windows 7, and tried doing an upgrade. I downloaded the Media Creation Tool and clicked "Upgrade this PC", but once the computer restarted and went to that "circle" installing screen, it got to 40℅ then gave me an error message, when I clicked OK, it began restoring Windows 7.

    My new mobo is the MSI Z170A, and my new CPU is the 6700K.

    What do I do??? I don't want to miss out on the upgrade. Please help!
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  3. Posts : 282
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks for the link Navy, but that seems so sketchy. Are you sure that works? Is there any other way, apart from talking with MS's outsourced Indians?
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  4. Posts : 17,369
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    We don't have sketchy tutorials here at tenforums.com. If it didn't work or violated a EULA or a law then it wouldn't be a permanent tutorial here approved by the moderators.
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  5. Posts : 13,695
    Windows10
       #5

    bobjoe said:
    Hi all,


    Yesterday I finally installed my new Mobo and CPU.

    I got my Windows 7 retail disc and inserted the disc, and activated it just fine using the "9 boxes of code" with phone activation. Then, I installed Windows 10 using a USB bootable. However, I could NOT activate. It would say "no digital entitlement found" or something like that. I tried putting in my Windows 7 key for activation, but it said "this key is already being used on another PC". I tried using phone activation but after entering all the numbers, the automatic voice prompt told me he was unable to activate.

    Then, I reinstalled Windows 7, and tried doing an upgrade. I downloaded the Media Creation Tool and clicked "Upgrade this PC", but once the computer restarted and went to that "circle" installing screen, it got to 40℅ then gave me an error message, when I clicked OK, it began restoring Windows 7.

    My new mobo is the MSI Z170A, and my new CPU is the 6700K.

    What do I do??? I don't want to miss out on the upgrade. Please help!
    What version is your Windows 7 - is it a single language version for example - the windows 10 version must match as well.

    Also what build version have you installed? Run winver.
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  6. Posts : 282
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
    Thread Starter
       #6

    cereberus said:
    What version is your Windows 7 - is it a single language version for example - the windows 10 version must match as well.

    Also what build version have you installed? Run winver.
    This is the Windows 7 I have: Unable to activate after changing motherboard-microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-oem-64-bit-download-full-install-c8c.jpg Home Premium with SP1.

    I did. I installed Windows 10 Home. I couldn't activate neither digitally nor with the W7 key.
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  7. Posts : 13,695
    Windows10
       #7

    bobjoe said:
    This is the Windows 7 I have: Unable to activate after changing motherboard-microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-oem-64-bit-download-full-install-c8c.jpg Home Premium with SP1.

    I did. I installed Windows 10 Home. I couldn't activate neither digitally nor with the W7 key.
    As I asked, what is your build number - run winver?
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  8. Posts : 282
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
    Thread Starter
       #8

    cereberus said:
    As I asked, what is your build number - run winver?
    Build number??? For what??? Windows 7??? Build 7601, obviously... That's the latest since 2010.
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  9. Posts : 282
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Guys:

    I don't know why this worked, but I unplugged my WiFi adaptor during installation and it worked! It didn't get stuck at 40% during the circle screen, and it activated after I plugged in my WiFi adaptor without me having to do anything. I will now clean install W10 and it should activate with no problems.


    Thanks, hope this helps someone who might have this issue!
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  10. Posts : 17,369
    Windows 11 Pro
       #10

    Thank you for posting the solution!
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