Ten years ago this spring, I ordered a monster Mac Pro:
- Eight 3.2 Ghz processor cores,
- 8G of memory,
- Dual video cards (to drive up to 4 30" monitors)
- 30" HP Monitor
- Two 500 GB drives
- Two Ethernet ports
It can even boot Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (the 160GB SSD was dedicated to that.)
Last spring, I switched to a new iMac for non-performance related reasons:
- Parity with Katherine's Mac (replaced at the same time),
- Lower power consumption,
- Support for newer MacOS operating systems.
Alas, I forgot I would be dealing with Microsoft licensing.
I had played Mr. Potato Head with xena when it moved and replaced the monitor, USB hubs, keyboard, & mouse, and pulled the 160 GB SSD drive. Internally, it was still the original internal configuration except for the missing SSD. But when I reinstalled Windows 10 on a second partition of the 500GB drive, Windows announced it could not be customized until it was activated, and it could not be activated because it wasn't the same system. It suggested that "please visit the Microsoft Store ...".
I didn't think Theseus's paradox applied, but I'm not Microsoft.
So I plugged in most of the external peripherals I had on xena when it in was my office, reinstalled the SSD drive, and rebooted. Windows Pro 10 then said that it was installed on top of a previous version that had never been activated, and "please visit the Microsoft Store ...".
The primary factors that kept the xena from being thrown out the nearest window were a) that window does not open and b) the xena is not a petite machine.
I did the smart thing and went out to dinner.
Then I reinstalled again. First I put on Windows 7 64-bit, then activated it, and then upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. I then signed into my Hotmail (Microsoft account).
I'm not quite sure what I did different, but Windows 10 Pro is happily fully functional. Now if I only knew what secret sauce I applied this time ...
. . . grumble