Restoring a backup to another identical laptop -- license question

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    Restoring a backup to another identical laptop -- license question


    I have two identical laptops, identically configured, except that one runs Win10 1511.679 and the other 1511.494.
    Each has a valid Win10 license. The 494 had been upgraded in place from Win7, which has corrupted the user mgmt component.

    I want to restore the backup of the 679 laptop to the 494 laptop using Macrium Reflect. The question is if there will be any license problem and, if so, what? Is there a way to change the license before, during, or after the restore to prevent or solve the problem
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  2. storageman's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1903 18362.267
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    Have you tried to fix the User mgmt component ? DISM Restore heath ? SFC /scannow ? Should be repairable.
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    Its simpler theupgradeto 1803 which would hopefully fix any problens
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    Neither is an option -- they are exactly what I want to avoid by doing this restore.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    oao said: View Post
    ..two identical laptops, identically configured, except that one runs Win10 1511.679 and the other 1511.494. Each has a valid Win10 license...

    I want to restore the backup of the 679 laptop to the 494 laptop using Macrium Reflect. The question is if there will be any license problem and, if so, what? Is there a way to change the license before, during, or after the restore to prevent or solve the problem
    The license isn't stored on the PC. Each one has a digital license stored on Microsoft's activation servers and linked to the unique hardware ID of the PC. Your two laptops are not identical, each will have a different serial number for things like the motherboard or cpu. These are the sort of things that go into the hardware ID that uniquely identifies each PC.

    Windows periodically checks with the activation servers to see if this PC is licensed to run Windows 10. If the hardware ID of the PC matches the license on the activation servers, then windows is activated. It does not matter how windows got onto the PC, as a restored image or a clean install, the only thing that matters is whether or not this particular PC has a digital license stored on the activation servers.

    The one caveat is that a digital license is for only one edition, Home or Pro. Provided both your laptops run the same edition, Home or Pro, then an image from one will run and be activated on the other.
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    Thanks for the info.

    They -- let's call them 1 and 2 -- have different licenses. If I understand you correctly, the license of 2 is stored on the MS server, not the computer, so the server has it associated with 2. The restore will have no effect on that association, so no issues. Right?
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    oao said: View Post
    The restore will have no effect on that association, so no issues. Right?
    That is correct, there will be no issues with activation so long as the edition of Windows 10 is the same (Home to Home, Pro to Pro.....)
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    Thanks for the help.
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