How to Reactivate Windows 11 After a Hardware Change
Before we get started, it’s worth noting that some hardware changes won’t require you to reactivate Windows. If you’re changing peripherals such as a keyboard, mouse or monitor, or upgrading components like RAM or storage, you shouldn’t need to reactivate Windows. However, if you’re replacing major components like the motherboard or CPU, you may need to reactivate Windows.
So, here’s what you need to do to reactivate Windows 11 after a hardware change:
Step 1: Make Sure You’re Signed into Your Microsoft Account
To reactivate Windows 11 after a hardware change, you need to be signed in to your Microsoft account. If you’re not already signed in, go to Settings > Accounts > Your info and sign in.
Step 2: Check Your Windows Activation Status
Once you’re signed in to your Microsoft account, you can check your Windows activation status. Go to Settings > System > About and scroll down to the Windows specifications section. Here you’ll see whether Windows is activated or not. If it says “Activation: Windows is activated with a digital license,” you’re all set. If it says “Activation: Windows is not activated,” you’ll need to reactivate Windows.
Step 3: Reactivate Windows
To reactivate Windows 11, go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation. Click on “Troubleshoot” and follow the prompts to reactivate Windows. You’ll need to provide your Microsoft account credentials and may need to enter a product key if you didn’t originally activate Windows with a digital license.
If you’re unable to reactivate Windows using the troubleshooter, you may need to contact Microsoft support for assistance.
In conclusion, reactivating Windows 11 after a hardware change may seem daunting at first, but it’s pretty straightforward. Just make sure you’re signed in to your Microsoft account, check your activation status, and follow the steps to reactivate Windows. If you have any issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to Microsoft support for help.