Am about to install the image on a new laptop that I have and as promised I've some to also inform you about this.
Was wondering how would i go about moving user folders to another partition while installing from this image since I did not do that while installing the OS the first time.
Can I still move the users folder as if I'm installing the OS for the first time OR do I need to go through the route of moving the users folder (while creating a dummy account that can be deleted later) on existing OS?
Thanks for your assistance
Maybe I got confused by the various replies but it seems to me a key point was missed long ago.
"I have a few "retail" Win-7 licenses that I need to upgrade to Win-10 before Microsoft yanks free upgrade.
Was looking at creating VMs with Win-7, upgrading these VMs to Win-10 and then use V2P to move these VMs to physical boxes".
Windows 7 keys are not converted to windows 10 keys. You would get a digital licence for each vm. If you sysprep etc the install to move to a physical machine, the install will not activate. Additionally the new trouble shooter that does enable digital licence transfer does not allow transfer of digital licences between a vm and a physical machine.
So if the intent is still to do the text in bold, it will not work.
Per Kari's post (#6 of this thread), one can, if one has Win-7 retail key, move the OS to another machine and that might need a call to MS for activation. Hopefully others can share their thoughts and/or experiences on this.
post of mine you are referring to was posted on July 19th when we still had almost two weeks to go until the official end of Microsoft's free upgrade offer. This offer made it possible for users to activate a clean installed Windows 10 with a valid Windows 7 or 8.1 product key.
Anyway, even after the free upgrade offer the difference between an OEM and retail licenses remains the same: OEM is not transferable, whereas a retail license is. Since Windows 10 version 1607 (build 14393, insiders already from build 14371) there has been a new, easier method to transfer a Windows 10 retail license with Activation Troubleshooter, making phone activation mentioned in referred post in most cases unnecessary. See tutorial: Activation Troubleshooter - Use in Windows 10
I do not know why it has this restriction. I suspect it was to prevent exactly what OP is trying to do ie to stop "dealers" holding on to lots of keys to upgrade en masse using vms as a loophole.
Moreover you can only have one digital licence per pc per windows edition. So if you had 5 windows 7 home licences, you could only creare one digital licence on one pc if the free upgrade was still permitted.
It is even more subtle with linking the digital licence to your MS account to facilitate licence transfer as you can only link one one digital licence to one ms account per pc.
Well, I can try and see what happens.If not then I can always use a fresh Win-10 license.
I have multiple Win-10 images that I was planning on converting to physical machines but if they do NOT work then all is NOT lost. Just need to re-jig my plans.
Can I move these VMs to different machines i.e can new units each have one of these VMs without any issue? Or does moving the VMs cause an issue? Since these are genuine keys, I have no problem contacting MS if such a need arises.