If I buy a new PC and clone my entire Win10 OS to a new C: drive, would my subscription recognise the hardware change and be invalid, or stay running as is?
The new PC probably won't be able to boot from a drive cloned from another computer.
Oh... I thought that was the point of software like 'Macrium Reflect'?
I have used Macreium Reflect, Acronis, and EaseUS Todo.
The main purpose of cloning is to be able to restore to the same computer.
Restoring to a different computer, no matter what the software claims, is hit or miss. It doesn't always work as advertised.
It would be best to do a clean installation of Windows and then install the proper drivers and software.
Yeah, I see what you mean; it's cloning not just my stack of software, but the drivers for the hardware I put it on, and that's not going to match the new chassis.
I had a problem and used my full backup to go to a new computer with the same brand & model motherboard... and everything had to be re-activated since each motherboard has a hardware coded identifier... and once Win10 was reactivated all the programs did the same
For my situation it was quicker than doing fresh installs, but still not really a seamless operation