After you change hardware, for example, processor, motherboard, or disk drive you might encounter certain types of issues in Windows 10. When Windows fail to recognize the digital license after the replacement activation error appears. 0x803FABB8 is such an error code that indicates that Windows 10 is unable to recognize the product key.
Activation error 0x803FABB8 may occur because the hardware that had saved the license is not available now in the system. So you need to pre-preparation before the substitution of the computer part but if you haven’t don’t worry you can still fix the issue.
0x803FABB8 Error code Windows is not activated
Here is how to Fix Windows 10 Activation Error 0x803FABB8 –
1] Prepare your laptop or desktop before changing the Hardware
When you activate Windows 10 the activation license becomes associated with the hardware. If you would have prepared your device before changing any physical components such as CPU, motherboard, or disk drive then you could avoid this activation problem. So follow the steps below and then take it to mechanic for the replacement –
Now give the mechanic to change the hardware and after getting back, follow –
2] Run Activation Troubleshooter to fix Error 0x803FABB8
If you get error 0x803FABB8 when activating Windows 10 the troubleshooter might help you. This will check whether the server can recognize the license and repair the issues.
3] Use a phone call to activate
You can use a phone call to activate Windows 10 when finding 0x803FABB8 error.
4] Enter the correct and genuine product key
Oftentimes this issue occurs because you don’t insert in the correct product key and Windows fails to identify it. So take the DVD or USB out of your bag see the digital license and type the same precisely. You can also take a backup of the key using this post – Find Product Key of Windows/Office/Photoshop Using ProduKey on Windows 10 before starting the hardware changing procedure.