Windows 10: Restoring a backup to another identical laptop -- license question

Discus and support Restoring a backup to another identical laptop -- license question in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; 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... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by oao, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. OAO
    oao Win User

    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. Two Identical backups

    These two backups are not in the least identical.

    • Image Backup. This backup file contains a complete image of your system drive. You can use it to restore Windows in case your hard disk fails. You create a new image maybe once a year.
    • File History. This backup contains your personal data files. You can use it to restore any of your files in case you lose or damage them. This backup is updated continuously.
    It seems that the genius who designed this system did have his thinking cap where it belongs, on his head. You could, of course, argue that the image backup should not contain user data. Indeed, but this shakes the whole foundation of storing user data on
    the system partition. I keep it elsewhere.
     
    Frederik Long, Jul 8, 2018
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  3. sumasage Win User
    Free hard drive backup/restore program?

    I am looking for a free (freeware) program that will back up and restore a hard drive. I'm looking to clone a few external hard drives. If the program will backup the used space instead of the whole drive this will be awesome! Thanks for any suggestions.
     
    sumasage, Jul 8, 2018
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  4. FP521 Win User

    Restoring a backup to another identical laptop -- license question

    Restore backup image to multiple computers

    I have 2 identical laptops identically OS and software configured that I keep in sync via OneDrive. I take frequent backups. Currently I have to back up each separately.

    I am trying to find a way to backup either and use the same image to restore either of them when necessary. AFAIK, the way license keys work, this isn't possible.

    Does anybody know of a way to do that?
     
    FP521, Jul 8, 2018
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