Activating multiple imported VMs - proof of theory

NavyLCDR

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So I just completed an experiment and did get the results I expected.

1. I created a VM in Hyper-V on an Intel laptop. I did not attach any drives to the VM.
2. I exported the VM from the laptop and imported it in Hyper-V on an AMD desktop computer.
3. Then I attached VDisks to each VM, on the laptop I installed Windows 10 Pro with the generic product key. On the desktop I installed Windows 11 with the generic product key. I signed in to both with a local account only.
4. I checked activation of both VMs and neither VM was activated.
5. I activated the Windows 11 VM on the desktop computer by entering a Windows 8 Pro product key.
6. On the Windows 10 on the laptop VM, I ran slmgr /ato (online automatic activation). It activated with no change in product key.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!

Hopachi

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This logically makes sense.

CPU is not tied to the HWID. We omit that from the equation. There is also some confusing matter of time and place that spices this story up a bit.

Translate the scenario to real hardware case:
If you would explain this with actual hardware (chronologically as your steps describe) you would than need same motherboard, that holds the HWID, with a CPU in one case, where you install Windows 10 (no license, not activated) and on same motherboard you will later install Windows 11 (irrelevant, be it on different CPU). The later one gets key from Windows 8 and activates; meaning the motherboard with HWID gets the digital license. Later on you swap OS (back) to Windows 10, same motherboard so it will activate with same digital license.

Back to the VM scenario:
So both VMs have same HWID meaning it's the same 'machine'.
That can be explained by the check made by the activation server on the HWID so it propagated to the identical clone as well, this can happen instantly, a VM can change OS in an instant (swap a vdisk) while the actual hardware scenario takes longer.

I guess you could use both VMs, one at a time, for instance on different places / computers.

But the question is:
Is it legal to use them both simultaneously?
My logic guess: NO. One HWID = One Machine.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Linux: Fedora 3x 64-bit / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit in VM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    TOSHIBA Tecra W50-A
    CPU
    Intel i7-4810MQ
    Motherboard
    TOSHIBA, Intel QM87 Express Chipset
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 @1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Quadro K2100M - 2GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + LG-32ML600M
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 840 250GB + Samsung SSD QVO 2TB
    PSU
    180W adapter
    Cooling
    The usual airflow + docked to station - PA5117E-1PRP
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + Logitech Orion G610
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Rival 100 Red
    Internet Speed
    Good enough
    Browser
    Chromium, Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
    Motherboard
    MSI Mortar B350M
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @2666
    Graphics card(s)
    GYGABYTE AORUS Radeon RX580 8G
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Medion 27'
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WD Black 3D NAND SSD 250 GB NVMe + 4x HDD WD Blue 500GB 2.5'
    PSU
    Corsair Builder CX550M
    Case
    Fractal Design Define Mini (Black)
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15S
    Mouse
    Good one, with cable / long tail
    Keyboard
    Lenovo SK-8825(L)
    Internet Speed
    N/A
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

johnlgalt

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Similar to this, as well, you can perpetuate the activated status to multiple VMs.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * Corsair Vengeance 32 GB 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 (04G-P4-3979-KB)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 * Lenovo LT2323pwA Widescreeen
    Screen Resolution
    2* 1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    3x Sabrent Rocket PCIe Gen4 NVMe M.2 1 TB SSD (SB-ROCKET-NVMe4-1TB)
    SanDisk Ultra SDSSDHII-960G-G25 960 GB SATA III SSD
    Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 256GB SATA III SSD
    2 * Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM --> RAID1
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 x64 Pro build 21H1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryvill 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master (shared) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex
    Browser
    Edge Chromium | Chrome | Firefox Nightly | Brave
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB4
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