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Well I'll be a raging river stopped in its tracks by a monstrous, concrete structure!!
Moving from an 8-year old, Intel-based, 21in X 21n X 10in, NOISY, 8-fan computer (Behemoth) to a new, AMD Ryzen-based, 9in X 9in X 3in, SILENT, single fan computer (Tiny) was such a huge change in hardware I was VERY concerned about this transition. I just did not want to lose some old, non-replaceable programs which I still use frequently. I was also resigned to purchasing a new Win 10 Pro license after the transition as I expected Microsoft's free upgrade from Win 8.1 to Win 10 would not be recognized after the transition.
I spent hours reading the applicable portions of the Macrium Knowledgebase and many posts in the Macrium Forums which seemed to apply to my upcoming transition. When Tiny was complete, I purchased a four-pack of Macrium Reflect Home and began the transition process…
I generated a Rescue Disk, a WinPE disk, and a Macrium image backup on USB drives. I used the WinPE disk to start Tiny, transferred the partitions (except the Data partition), and used my mouse to click on Redeploy. Before I got my finger off the mouse button, Redeploy already gave the message it was complete. Well, that did not give me a good feeling as I could not believe the major change in hardware could work almost instantaneously with no problems.
I restarted Tiny. It booted right up WITH NO PROBLEMS. I then transferred the data partition image to Tiny, making the change to a smaller partition and rebooted. Worked perfectly; my programs could 'see' their data. In addition, I was able, with a little help from Microsoft, to reactivate my Win 10 pro, so no need to purchase a new Win 10 license.
I thank all the Macrium personnel for building Macrium Reflect Home and making the changes needed to keep it current.