Error – 0xC004F211 Windows reported that the hardware of your device has changed [RESOLVED]

Error – 0xC004F211 Windows reported that the hardware of your device has changed.

A Windows license is associated with your device hardware. If you make significant hardware changes, such as replacing your motherboard, Windows won’t be able to find a matching license the next time you start your device. If Windows was preinstalled on the device and you have made a change such as replacing the motherboard, you’ll need a new license.

To purchase a new Windows license, select the Start  button > Settings > Update & Security  > Activation , and then select Go to Microsoft Store.  

If you have a Windows product key you used on your device before the hardware change, enter it by selecting the Start  button > Settings  > Update & Security  > Activation , and then selecting Change product key

Additionally, Microsoft provides an exception path for transferring a Windows License after a hardware change. You’ll need to be signed in to the same Microsoft account before making the hardware change and to use the exception path.  

To access this exception path, select the Start  button > Settings  > Update & Security  > Activation , and then select Troubleshoot. If the troubleshooter can’t resolve the issue, you’ll see a link to reactivate after a hardware change. Select it to follow this path. For more info, see Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change

Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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