CloneZilla with Windows 10 and Office 2016 - Licences issues?


  1. Posts : 48
    Linux mint 19.2
       #1

    CloneZilla with Windows 10 and Office 2016 - Licences issues?


    Hello again!

    So far I enjoy my stay here. on this forum. I get plenty of useful information about windows 10, so thanks about that!

    I have another odd question today.. with my current operating system Mint, after installation I got used to this: Install the OS, install my programs, configure everything then clone the result using bootable CloneZilla. So if i have a problem I can replace my OS with the clone is about 5 minutes total.

    Now I would like to do that with Windows 10 and Office 2016 with my new computer but.. I don't know how this procedure could conflict with Microsoft checking the licenses automatically for both Windows and Office.

    Let's say i use my computer for a whole year, during that year, I will receive many updates for both windows and office, the Windows revision might even change, and Microsoft will check my Office license often during that year.

    The question is: What would happen if I would replace a broken OS by a clone that is 1 year old? with the older updates, older everything.

    Could I get some problems with the licenses in the sense that Microsoft could think that I am trying to authenticate another computer or anything. They could think that I am trying to clone a computer with activated licenses in it, which I highly suspect.

    Microsoft is always 10 steps ahead of me on anything these days, they thought about everything.

    What do you think ?
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  2. AndreTen's Avatar
    Posts : 23,317
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #2

    As long as you do this on the same hardware you won't have any issues.

    I have the same policy, system image as backup, only software is different - Macrium.

    Old software would simply get updated. One question - why don't you refresh your system image every now and then?
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  3. Posts : 177
    Windows 10, usually latest version
       #3

    Hi-
    You might want to consider a more active data protection routine. Windows 10 has a built-in data backup called file history. Link is here: Turn On or Off File History in Windows 10

    On my main system, File history runs daily. I use Macrium Reflect weekly to image my system drive, and monthly to clone my system drive. I also copy my data to a protected drive weekly, and clone the data drive monthly.

    I've gone through the "my data is missing, and I have to start over" enough times in the past that I try to avoid all that. I may be overly cautious, but #%^& happens, and my backups have saved me a lot of grief several times.

    Gary
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  4. Posts : 48
    Linux mint 19.2
    Thread Starter
       #4

    AndreTen said:
    As long as you do this on the same hardware you won't have any issues.

    I have the same policy, system image as backup, only software is different - Macrium.

    Old software would simply get updated. One question - why don't you refresh your system image every now and then?
    Ok thanks
    I will look at Macrium
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  5. AndreTen's Avatar
    Posts : 23,317
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #5

    windowz123 said:
    Ok thanks
    I will look at Macrium
    Use the software you are used to.. Wanted to suggest that you could save the first image, and after that, occasionally save the updated one too.

    Activation should be fine, as long as you are dealing with the same hardware.
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