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#1 Sintharius

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 12:59 PM

Hello Bleeping Computer folks,

 

I was wondering: If you use an image backup software (i.e. Acronis True Image) to re-image one drive to another, then will the licenses of the applications still remain? Or are they wiped as in a completely new installation?

 

I'm asking this because my HDD has signs of failing, yet I have some software that I couldn't afford to lose its license.

 

Thank you for answering.



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 01:24 PM

All your licensing will be intact including your Windows Activation. I have reimaged many time with Macrium Free and I have never had a problem with licensing. The image you have is one that was done prior to the drive failing, correct?



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 01:32 PM

All your licensing will be intact including your Windows Activation. I have reimaged many time with Macrium Free and I have never had a problem with licensing. The image you have is one that was done prior to the drive failing, correct?

Just asking to be sure. Thank you.



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 06:27 PM

Just to add to what JohnC said. If you have reason to believe that your hard drive is heading for failure, the absolute priority is your own data. This is the stuff you cannot replace - work, photos, music, etc..

 

Most software suppliers are fairly understanding about re-installing software, it may sometimes take a phone call to get authorisation, but I have never been refused activation for any software I have purchased. An image of course will simplify this process a great deal - but the priority remains your own data.

 

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 06:36 PM

Sorry for butting in.

 

Is there a way to backup these licenses? Say copy and paste the key's to a USB stick? This includes Windows key and MS Office?



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 06:57 PM

You can backup the keys with Produkey.

 

You can backup the activation files with Advance Token Manager which can also backup Office 2010 activation



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Posted 16 November 2014 - 07:12 PM

Thanks John.

 

So now my suggestion is back up the keys before doing anything else.  When doing anything  on a PC there is no 100% guarantee that it will work, And as the Boy Scout's always say " Be Prepared "


Edited by NickAu1, 16 November 2014 - 07:14 PM.


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 02:11 AM

Just to add to what JohnC said. If you have reason to believe that your hard drive is heading for failure, the absolute priority is your own data. This is the stuff you cannot replace - work, photos, music, etc..

 

Most software suppliers are fairly understanding about re-installing software, it may sometimes take a phone call to get authorisation, but I have never been refused activation for any software I have purchased. An image of course will simplify this process a great deal - but the priority remains your own data.

 

Chris Cosgrove

I'm asking this because my data backup is done, and I'm turning to some other stuff that I could not save. Some of the programs in my laptop are installed by somebody else, and he did not leave both the installer and the key. So I have to try and save them.

Thanks Chris.






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