Windows 10 activated on image on different spec PC?

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    Windows 10 activated on image on different spec PC?

    I hope the activation experts here can shed some light on something I inadvertantly experienced over the weekend.

    I have two systems; a Win 10 Pro laptop (which I believe has the product key embedded into the UEFI bios - confirmed by Powershell command?) and a standard desktop PC (Powershell returns error).

    The two systems are in no way identical - laptop having SSD and desktop haing mechanical HDD for example; not to mention motherboards and NIC.

    After imaging the laptop and restoring the image to the PC for testing, I would not usually install the network card driver, but for some reason I did on this ocassion. Unbeknownst to me, I had the cable plugged in whilst booting up from the restored image on the desktop PC (not something I would usually do anyway), but to my surprise, Windows activated!

    This is an image with a currently in-use product key (on the laptop) but on completely different hardware - why would it activate? Is it because of the image?

    Usually, when I restore an image to a completely different system, it says 'connect to internet to get activated' (or similar) as it detects a significant hardware change (that's my understanding).

    Fortunately, it doesn't seem to have affected the validity of the license on the laptop!

    I could connect the desktop PC (with a fresh image) to see if it would actiavate again, but as you can appreciate, I don't want to jeopardise the original license.
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    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Probably because the desktop had previously qualified for a Win10 Pro digital licence in its own right, either through the free upgrade or installing 10 with a valid key.

    The restored image of your laptop could have checked with the activation servers, found a digital licence tied to the desktop's hardware and activated using that. If the desktop had a digital licence for Home rather than Pro the laptop's Pro image shouldn't have activated.
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    Thanks Bree

    That reminds me - I forgot to say that the desktop hardware was indeed Win 10 activated but using HOME. I don't recall installing Pro on that configuration.

    Also, the last 5 characters of the license matches that on the laptop and not one I recognise as one previously installed.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Odd - let's hope others more versed in 'activation lore' will provide an answer...
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    Please run ADT on each and post reports for them, so that we can compare the two... (If indeed there is an OEM key, mask it.)
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    Thanks Superfly

    Will this identify hardware used?

    Also, I have overwritten the disk on which the image surprisingly activated on. If I restore another image, it will say connect to internet to get activated. I believe this toll will not work as intended?
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