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Here I go thinking too much again. I've come up with an idea.

I have 2x 500GB SSDs. One has never been used. The other is my Windows 10 SSD.
I have current full OS image backups, which I can access from Macrium's bootable media.

Here's my idea...

1. Hook up the new SSD and put the exact same partitions on it, as I have on my existing SSD.
2. Use Macrium's bootable media to restore one of my Windows 10 backups, to the "new" SSD.
3. Now I have two identical Win 10 installs on two SSDs.
4. Take one of these SSDs, and boot into Windows 10.
5. Upgrade that Windows 10 SSD to Windows 11.
6. Now I have an SSD with Windows 10, and another SSD with Windows 11.

I'm guessing that I can then... "boot" from whichever one I want to and they will both be activated with the same license.
Sort of like Dual Boot, the hard way. Then I can play around with Windows 11 when I want to, and if I need to do something important, I can just reboot to the Windows 10 SSD.

It will all work, except maybe the license to activate. I'm not sure about that.
 
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Actually, I did switch/swap disks in a laptop ie C-disk, but clean install on disks and activated , long story..
Switch to linux on one disk, and change to a windows disk , dual/triple boot is out 😁 no pun intended.
 

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Lots of people run insider on one disk and released Windows on a second disk.
 

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I was going to leave my Win 10 on main SSD and boot to 2nd bios and install Win 11 on spare to test it (can do in Bios or button on Mobo).

AFAIK they can both be activated so long only one at a time is online as it is tied to your Mobo if OEM and MS account if Retail.
 

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Lots of people run insider on one disk and released Windows on a second disk.


I know that using two SSDs with different OSes is possible... I'm just wondering if I can do it with the same license.
I would only run one SSD OR the other, at one time.

One SSD would have 10 upgraded to 11 on it. The other SSD would have the same Win 10... just not upgraded.
 

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Or here's another way to look at it... (single SSD scenario)

Let's say, I make a full OS image backup of my Windows 10 install, then upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11.

Then, let's say that sometime after the 10 day grace period... I decide I don't like Windows 11, so I use Macrium to restore my Windows 10, from before I upgraded to Windows 11.


I'm trying to accomplish three things.

1. Be able to play around with Windows 11
2. And if I don't like it... (even after the 10 days), be able to switch back to Windows 10, without clean install.
3. And do it all on the same digital license.


Notes that may be important...

I clean installed this Windows 10 in May 2020, using my Win 7 Home retail key.
After Windows 10 install... I noticed that MS switched my key to a digital license (different numbers).
I still have the Windows 7 Home retail key ofc... not being used atm. (except possibly by this Win 10 install)
All hardware, except for getting bigger storage drives... is unchanged from initial Win 10 install.
 
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interesting,, I have no problems with activated licences , workstations for pro with w10 or with w11 dev ed.
I'm using backup-images to switch between w10 and w11, lots of screws in back-panel in the current laptop, so to swap
disks takes a long moment.. :)
 

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I have no issues with swapping SSDs, or back up images.
If licenses still cost approx. $100, I'd just get one, to be safe.
In 2012 my Win 7 Home retail key and DVD cost $79.00 at newegg.

Now, I'm on a fixed income and things like $200 for even the cheapest licenses...is getting a bit hard to come by. :/


Heck... I'd be more than happy to make my Win 10 backup, then upgrade to Win 11, and make a Win 11 backup... then just swap backups when the mood strikes.
 

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    up to 2048 x 1536
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    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
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Funny in a way,, my laptop has a unknown numbers of activated licences, OEM and retail.
So actually MS has/or have been very helpful with activation of licences.
(Next step is a cracked leaked w11 through torrents), and go figure..
If I remember it right and currency in dollar , a licence for retail did cost about 125-150 american money.
 

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All on one disk. I expect a lot of people have done the same. There is no win10 on this machine, though there had been win10 activated on it some time ago. Presumably that accounts for win11 activating itself online.

If anybody is stuck with "Home" version, it is worth keeping an eye out for ms introductory deals.I think it might have been $25 for win7 pro and then $30 for win8 pro. I think I have the receipts somewhere. Up until a couple of months ago, win10 pro licenses were available for $39.99. So they might do similar for win11.

I have just located one of the receipts for win8 pro from december 2012. I remembered wrong, win8 pro was only £24.99

Arvato was MS agent in Europe - probably another outfit for the US. Can't remember who handled the win7 introductory sales - I have a vague idea it was digital river.


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@Ghot,

There will not be any problem with activation. The digital license for Windows 10 for that computer is good for that edition of Windows (IE: Home or Pro) for as many installs of Windows 10 or 11 as you want to put on it. The end users license agreement for Windows 10 and Windows 11 does state that you are only allowed one instance of Windows to be installed and activated. But physically the same edition of Windows 10 will always activate on the same computer with the digital license whether it is the first, second, or tenth install.
 

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@Ghot,

There will not be any problem with activation. The digital license for Windows 10 for that computer is good for that edition of Windows (IE: Home or Pro) for as many installs of Windows 10 or 11 as you want to put on it. The end users license agreement for Windows 10 and Windows 11 does state that you are only allowed one instance of Windows to be installed and activated. But physically the same edition of Windows 10 will always activate on the same computer with the digital license whether it is the first, second, or tenth install.



I realize it will activate, over and over. What I'm not sure about is if I upgrade to Win 11 and activate.... then go back to Win 10 via backup or swap SSD, will THAT still activate.
Then if I go back to Win 11 via backup, then back to Win 10... etc., etc., etc.

I'm worried that after flipping back and forth between 10 and 11, on the same license.... MS might get upset... sooner or later.
 

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    Win 10 Home 10.0.22000.282 (x64)
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    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
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    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
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    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
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    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security 2020
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    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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I realize it will activate, over and over. What I'm not sure about is if I upgrade to Win 11 and activate.... then go back to Win 10 via backup or swap SSD, will THAT still activate.
Then if I go back to Win 11 via backup, then back to Win 10... etc., etc., etc.

I'm worried that after flipping back and forth between 10 and 11, on the same license.... MS might get upset... sooner or later.
No, because Windows 11 and Windows 10 are actually using the same digital license.
 

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    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
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    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
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Little odd, Vista did have a "installation counter" for about 10-20 times, so I had to call MS to reactivate. It was well before commonly used backup-programs . Nowadays, it's just to "flip" the image. Prices for retail, (I wasn't correct), about 300-500 $ which includes a thumbdrive.
 
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Windows Vista activated with a product key, not a digital license. The installation counter that Microsoft kept was on how many times the product key was used. It was the same with Windows 7 and 8 as well.
 

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Indeed, a counter for product activation,, (not certain) but I think w10 has 1000 attempts (did see it somewhere).

have to edit little,, so, I have a thumbdrive with w10 1511 retail (nice box) , and moving around licences, goes little nuts with new hardware.
ie,, start with w10 1511 on a new computer , problem is not hardware, it's software
 
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Re-activating the same edition of Windows (Home or Pro) on the same computer, and activating Windows on different computers are two entirely separate situations. For the moment, Microsoft is considering the activation of Windows 10 and Windows 11 to be the exact same license. That's why you can activate Windows 11 or Windows 10 on the same computer using the same generic product key for either one. There has been no evidence that Microsoft is limiting the number of times that you can reactive the same edition of Windows 10 or 11 on the same computer using the generic product key and digital license.
 

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have thumbdrives with w10 w11, but to activate on a new computer, it's different story
 

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