Is Windows 10 BIOS activation like Windows 8?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by harrismail, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. harrismail

    harrismail MDL Member

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    If I buy a brand new pre-installed Windows 10 laptop (they're just coming onto the market) will the activation be tied to the embedded BIOS key - the same as in Windows 8?
     
  2. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Yes, it will.
     
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  3. harrismail

    harrismail MDL Member

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    So.... here's an idea... if I set the laptop up exactly as I want it, then if I want to "clone" it (with Acronis True Image or similar) to another Windows 10 pre-installed laptop - then all I will need to do on the cloned laptop is to extract the Windows 10 BIOS key and enter it into the activation dialog?

    Surely if the cloned laptop originally had the same version of Windows 10 as the original laptop this would work - wouldn't it??

    Because this worked for me on Windows 8.
     
  4. uffbros

    uffbros MDL Senior Member

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    Doubt that will work unless your restoring to an identical machine with same hardware.
     
  5. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    It won't work because the hardware hash/mac address are different...