(Windows) Am I allowed to backup the Active partition to another partition on the same physical hard drive?

by HRIATEXP   Last Updated May 15, 2019 17:01 PM - source

I am wondering if it would be a violation of Microsoft's EULA to copy everything on the Active partition to another partition on the same physical hard drive. The reason for doing this is to quickly get the computer back up and running in the event of say a malware or ransomware attack that makes the computer/Active partition unusable. If the Active partition becomes unusable, you can then set the other partition to be the Active partition, restart the computer, and viola, you then have a working computer again in a very short amount of time. I would probably make a new copy of the Active partition after every Windows Update.

I think the only issue with doing this may be Microsoft's EULA. Perhaps there is something in it that prohibits making and storing multiple copies of one license of Windows on the same physical hard drive?

For example, say you were buy a new hard drive, then create 10 partitions on this hard drive, then install Windows on one of those partitions, and then use XCOPY or ROBOCOPY to make an exact copy of that partition to the other nine partitions. Would doing this be a violation of Microsoft's EULA?



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