Well, I do understand that restoring from a smaller partition to a larger partition is easy, no problem. That is illustrated in your second link, going from a 122 gig to a 16TB partition.
However, it is not exactly clear if you can go the other direction, from a larger partition to a smaller. In your first link, this is the reference that is a bit ambiguous as follows (bold and underline mine):
If the image contains only data, restoring it is very simple using Macrium Reflect. You can restore it back to its original location without interrupting the operating system.
and again here, it seems as if you are going from smaller to larger partition sizing:
possible to select a different target disk and to drag partitions to different locations and resize them to use the available space
It seems as if they are separating data storage from the OS, and do not specifically state that you can go either direction, smaller to larger AND larger to smaller.
And again, I would suppose that if you use the incremental feature in MR and select only the Windows OS, thus excluding the entire empty-space in the partition, it should be possible.
Hopefully someone might post in who has actually done this, gone from larger to smaller partition.
However, my original "caution" still applies; will Microsoft ok this and activate Windows on the new installation?
Edited by ranchhand_, 09 July 2018 - 02:36 PM.