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Windows activation may be detecting subtle differences in the cloned drive. That will require a few extra steps to get up and running.
I bought Windows 7, Home edition in a box from Best Buy. I installed it on a clean disk. When I had all I needed installed, I registered it. Then I cloned it using XML to a new disk. I put the original away and ran the clone on the same computer. Microsoft said it does not pass genuine validation. This is the way you said it was done. What went wrong?
In this excerpt from Answercast #40, I look at a case where a drive, which is cloned as a backup, is not activating properly.
Well, I'm not sure exactly what went wrong.
I will say this – I'm not sure what imaging program you're using. Just by saying "XML"; if you mean Drive Image XML, my understanding is that should in fact, work.
The problem is probably with Windows Validation. That takes a look at very specific things on your computer to understand whether something has changed underneath it. And in fact, something has changed underneath it. The hard disk has changed.
I don't know if the hard disk is the exact same size. At a minimum, at least:
It has a different serial number
And Windows Validation may be using that to determine that it is suddenly running on something other than the hardware on which it was originally activated.
So my recommendation is this actually. This is a scenario that should just work and there's nothing illegal or immoral about it from what you've described.
The activation process should work again;
If you want to try and activate or reactivate that machine.
You may need to get in touch with Microsoft and explain exactly what you've done.
Like I said, there's nothing wrong from my perspective with what you've done. It may simply require telling Microsoft that this is exactly what you did and why you did it. At that point, they should be able to give you some additional steps to cause that installation to be activated properly.
But that's my recommendation. I certainly don't see anything wrong with what
you've done. It's probably explained by differences that the activation process
is detecting. It should be something you can resolve by getting that machine
activated again separately.
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