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This is/was not a problem but just me trying to understand a little more how MB licensing works.

On Tuesday I finally decided to uninstall Aomei Backupper, a backup program I quit using in January because it was causing too many problems for me to consider it reliable. I have been using Macrium Reflect since then with no problems. In any case, when Macrium was supposed to run a scheduled backup Tuesday night, it threw a major VSS error and failed to perform the back up. So obviously the Aomei uninstall removed something that was critical for the VSS to work. I contacted Macrium and they quickly answered with several things to try to fix the problem. None worked so I decided to just do a system restore from an image taken Monday night. The restore went quickly and all is well.

This brings up the question with Malwarebytes. When I opened the MB program, it showed I was running the "free" version and not the Premium version. I tried to reactivate it but it said I had used both my licenses. I went to account management, deleted the one aimed at my PC and then performed the activation again and it successfully showed I was now using the Premium version. So all is well with that. So I was wondering what MB is looking at to determine that I was not using the same PC? I restored the image to the same drive, there were no component changes and the image was barely 36hrs old. In fact, during the restore, since I was using the same drive, I saw Macrium saying it was checking for changes (to the C partition) and then performed the restore in under 3 minutes (160G of data). So what didn't MB like with the restored version? Why did it not recognize the PC as the same as before? Again, this is just a learning lesson for me about MB. Thanks for any clarity to this situation.

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Oh, and just something to add that makes this more puzzling to me. 

I built a new PC in August. My old system was using a Samsung SSD, formatted MBR as the boot drive. My new system is using an NVMe M.2 drive as the boot drive. Macrium allowed me to format the M.2 drive GPT , create the EFI boot partition, create the 128MB MSR partition and then restore just the OS partition C partition to the drive so what I now have is a fully functioning GPT, UEFI bootable drive. After doing all this, using a new motherboard and memory, my MB Premium version was still intact and did not revert to the free version. But just doing this last restore, it did revert to free. I don't understand what's happening.

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