Is there a way to transfer a Windows 11 Pro digital license from a VMware VM to an actual physical machine?

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I have a VMware virtual machine with Windows 11 Pro installed, activated & digitally linked to a Microsoft account (separate from the Microsoft account used by the host machine still running Windows 10 Pro). I have purchased a newly assembled computer yesterday on which I plan to install Windows 11 Pro by transferring my digital license from the VMware VM (I will deactivate & delete the VM from the Microsoft account linked devices list as soon as my new computer gets the license transferred). Is this possible? If yes, will the process be the same as the one used for transferring digital licenses (I have a retail license) between two physical machines?
 

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Uninstall the product key – this is the closest to deactivating the Windows License. This method does not inform Microsoft Activation Servers the license is no longer in use on the machine; instead, it will avoid conflicts down the road if Microsoft Activation Servers were to detect the license in use on more than one system.

Press Windows key + X then click Command Prompt (Admin). At the command prompt, enter the following command: slmgr.vbs /upk

This command uninstalls the product key, which frees the license for use elsewhere.[/ICODE]
 

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This command uninstalls the product key, which frees the license for use elsewhere.
Do Microsoft activation servers differentiate between digital licenses for VMs and physical machines (desktops, laptops, tablets etc)? If I uninstall my product key from the VM, am I free to use it on a physical machine without running into any device type does not match or similar activation error?
 

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....Is this possible?
I had a problem when exporting a Hyper-V VM from its old Host machine to a new Host. The VM would not run on the new Host. I creates a new VM on the new Host that used the virtual drive from the VM that wouldn't run, but that of course was not activated as the machine ID was different. I successfully transferred activation from the old VM to the new one using the Activation Troubleshooter.

You may be able to do the same if you clone the OS from your VM to the new PC first. If so, then once the new PC has its own digital licence you could do a clean install.

Bree said:
I signed in to the activated VM on the old host and switched it from a local account to a Microsoft account. Next I shut it down and signed in to the unactivated new VM on the new Host. Running the Activation Troubleshooter and selecting 'I have changed hardware' enabled me to transfer activation to this new clone VM.
Hyper-V - Preserve virtual machine digital license (activation) - post #27
 

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    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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Hi,
Never know until you try.

I've read ms will activate just using the same ethernet/ wifi card lol
 
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Never know until you try.

I've read ms will activate just using the same ethernet/ wifi card lol
Didn't work for me. I had to call MS and give them a 20+ ID number to which they gave me a 20+ number to enter. After that my Windows 10 Pro was activated.
 

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If deactivation of the license doesn't allow you to activate the physical computer online, the only legit way is to do it by phone. If asked how many PCs you have used the same key, the only correct reply is 1. Anything else will block activation.
 

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    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
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    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
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@Kari just tried this yesterday. Do not do anything with the VM. Leave it activated and attached to your Microsoft account. Then yes, you can transfer the digital license to a physical computer using the activation troubleshooter
 

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    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
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    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
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This would deactivate the virtual machine, wouldn't it?
 

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    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
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    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
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    Acer Extensa 5630
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    4GB
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    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
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    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
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    1280x800
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    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
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    VDSL 50 Mbps
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    MICROSOFT EDGE
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    WINDOWS DEFENDER
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    Windows 11 Pro v21H2 (build 22000.376)
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    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
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    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
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    Asus GT620-1GD3 (nVidia GeForce GT 620 1GB DDR3)
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    32GB
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@Kari just tried this yesterday. Do not do anything with the VM. Leave it activated and attached to your Microsoft account. Then yes, you can transfer the digital license to a physical computer using the activation troubleshooter

@Kari just tried this yesterday. Do not do anything with the VM. Leave it activated and attached to your Microsoft account. Then yes, you can transfer the digital license to a physical computer using the activation troubleshooter

At one time, you cpuld not transfer between a vm and physical pc but now it seems you can!
 

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This would deactivate the virtual machine, wouldn't it?
If you transfer the digital licence from vm to physical pc, you are supposed to remove windows from vm to comply with EULA.

If you run two machines off same licence, that is essentially piracy.
 

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From my experience, when you change computer, as when you upgrade your computer and try to use the same Windows installation, you almost certainly have to activate again. The upgrade can be as little as replacing the mechanical disk with an SSD. So if you install Windows on a virtual machine and then try to boot that installation natively on your computer, you will be asked to activate again. Usually the installation remains activated on the original system as long as you never try to boot it at the same time on the other computer. That is you don't use the mechanical disk on another computer while you use the SSD clone on the original system or vice versa. Of course this violates EULA and you must choose one system and never use the other, unless to restore in case of disaster. Using the same license at both machines sooner or later will deactivate in one or both. The same is true for Office. Unless you never connect to the internet, which is not likely for a modern computer.
 

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    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
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    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
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    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
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    VDSL 50 Mbps
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    MICROSOFT EDGE
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    WINDOWS DEFENDER
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    Windows 11 Pro v21H2 (build 22000.376)
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    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GT620-1GD3 (nVidia GeForce GT 620 1GB DDR3)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
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    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
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    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
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    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
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    Microsoft Windows Defender
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    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 2.3 graphics drivers, WEI score 5.1

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From my experience, when you change computer, as when you upgrade your computer and try to use the same Windows installation, you almost certainly have to activate again. The upgrade can be as little as replacing the mechanical disk with an SSD. So if you install Windows on a virtual machine and then try to boot that installation natively on your computer, you will be asked to activate again. Usually the installation remains activated on the original system as long as you never try to boot it at the same time on the other computer. That is you don't use the mechanical disk on another computer while you use the SSD clone on the original system or vice versa. Of course this violates EULA and you must choose one system and never use the other, unless to restore in case of disaster. Using the same license at both machines sooner or later will deactivate in one or both.
Your experiene, @spapakons has been different than anything I have ever read about or experienced myself. I have never read nor experienced Windows 10/11 deactivating because of an upgrade from HDD to SSD. I have never heard nor seen the original system deactivating because the new computer and old computer were booted at the same time (assuming a transfer of the digital license from the old computer to the new computer via a MS account - they both just simply remain activated, no caveats, the same is true for simply reusing a retail product key). I have never seen nor heard of using the same license at both machines causing any problems at all so long as Microsoft has issued a digital license for both computers.

Now, whether or not any of the above situations actually complies with the EULA or not is another statement. But I have never seen nor heard of Microsoft revoking a digital license once it is established for a computer for any reason. Move your Windows from a VM to the physical machine - yes, it will require a new digital license (activation) because you are moving the Windows to a new computer. Use an existing HDD or SDD on a new motherboard - yes it will require a new digital license (activation) because you are moving the Windows to a new computer. Upgrade from HDD to SSD on the same motherboard - no. If you lose activation by upgrading from HDD to SSD on the same motherboard it is due to user error, such as not re-install the same edition of Windows 10 if a clean install was performed.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11
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    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
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    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
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    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
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I cloned my Windows 10 installation in order to try upgrading my unsupported PC to Windows 11. I booted the clone and noticed I had to activate again. It might be a coincidence though.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 64-bit (build 22000.282)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v21H2 (build 22000.376)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GT620-1GD3 (nVidia GeForce GT 620 1GB DDR3)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 2.3 graphics drivers, WEI score 5.1

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From my experience, when you change computer, as when you upgrade your computer and try to use the same Windows installation, you almost certainly have to activate again. The upgrade can be as little as replacing the mechanical disk with an SSD.
No, as Kari explains on Win10.guru the hard drive plays no part in activation.

Note that all HWIDs exclude storage media entirely. Thus, on a PC with Windows 10 activated, you can replace its storage (HDD / SSD) devices with one or more new ones and clean install Windows 10 on a new disk. Even so, the PC will activate automatically based on that machine’s existing digital license.
 

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    Windows 11 Home
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    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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