“Activate Windows” Watermark after replacing failed motherboard


I am running Windows 10 Professional. Very recently I experienced a failing motherboard. So I replace with a new one.Upon boot I have the “Activate Windows” watermark and cannot remove it.


Major hardware changes require reactivation.

You can activate over phone.

Press Windows key + R  then type:    slui.exe   4 and hit the Enter key.

Select your ‘Country’ from the list.

Choose the ‘Phone Activation’ option and follow on-screen instructions.


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