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Does anyone know how "portable" a Win 10 Pro license is? In the past with XPP and Win 7 Pro, I was able to easily move disaster recovery images to similar and different hardware profiles with out issue as long as there was no duplicate operating system that could be seen. I have restored Win 10 images to the same hardware they were installed on, but have not done so to a new HDD in the same chassis nor to entirely different chassis.

These machines are 64 bit machines with 32 bit Office (not 365) installed. If I take the image of machine A and put it on hardware profile B, will the machine B relicense the O/S and Office suite as long as machine A where the image was originated is no longer active? I have done this with Win 7 Pro before, but Win 10 scares me a bit in that regard as it was a "free" upgrade from the Win 7 Pro product key that came with the box.
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Please read http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/55383-activation-troubleshooter-use-windows-10-a.html and the complete discussion following it (notice there's a second page). You will not be able to clone the system to completely new hardware and activate it. But you'll be able to change certain parts like the hard drive and activate.
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"You will not be able to clone the system to completely new hardware and activate it. "

Thank you. I will award you the points upon closing, but wish a further discussion on this.

I  have not, nor needed to, link to a Microsoft account to Activate Windows 10 machines. Most of the upgrades did the activation on their own, and once I had to give a product key that was pointed to the chassis the Win 7 installation was pointed to.

What I don't see in that thread is "what if." If I do, out of necessity, have to clone a system to different hardware, can I "buy my way in" and just pay to have that machine licensed as I would a new one? My paradigm is back up images of live machines in current use, and not a wealth of images able to be deployed to a variety of hardware. If I can't pour an image off of a Z420 and drop it on a Z600 as a "working" copy for a few days until relicensed, then that kind of defeats the purpose of the disaster recovery option, does it not?

XPP with my backup software was very easy this way with no licensing issues, and I could actually upgrade a user to better hardware without an environment change. Only the Active Directory of the domain would bark about the duplicate DNS name. Other than that, no problem on the license side of things.
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Yes, you can buy your way in. You would simply need to provide an unused win10 pro license key and it would activate.
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Thank you.
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