Activation fails efter complete hardware meltdown and replacement.


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    Windows 10
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    Activation fails efter complete hardware meltdown and replacement.


    Hi!
    So my computer went up in smoke, a big white plume of smoke, yay. I got most parts replaced under warranty, unfortunetly the motherboard and GPU had to be replaced with newer parts. My installation of Windows 10 Pro is a free upgrade from Windows 8.1 Pro but now fails due to the hardware change. Stupid me forgot to link my license to my Microsoft account, although I dont know if that would have helped. So what are my options now? Thankful for any advice you can give me.
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    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks, but I tried that already. Since I didn't link the license to my account before the crash it doesn't show up anywhere.
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Activate it with the Windows 8 product key.
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    Is it an OEM version?
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    Windows 10
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       #6

    Matthew Wai said:
    Is it an OEM version?
    No its a retail version
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    NavyLCDR said:
    Activate it with the Windows 8 product key.
    Oh man, that worked. I love you <3 Thank you so much. Didn't even consider that might work.
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