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Hot Swap Windows 8 on Same Machine?

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I will try to explain this as clearly as possible, but no promises! I am building a machine for family, and to make a long story short, they want to be able to hot swap SSDs in order to effectively have two completely separate "systems" in one machine (He only games and wants it to stay fast and she downloads anything and everything, quickly debilitating every pc she has come into contact with). Here’s my question, does Windows 8 detect SSD changes, thus requiring re-activation? I will be using two different branded SSDs, but wasn’t sure if I could still use the same Windows 8 key on both, since it will be used within the same machine, or if I will effectively need two copies of windows?

Any insight is greatly appreciated!
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Windows should not have an issue with swapping drives. If you were to change a bunch of other stuff such as RAM or video card, it might require re-activation. Worse case scenario, you have to re-activate on one of the SSDs.
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RYZEN
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OFFICE PC
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20TB_HOMENAS
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen 1700X ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming XFX 390x Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB DDR4 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
A bunch of swappable SSDs LG BD-ROM Thermaltake CL-P039-AL12BL-A Contac Silent Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Generic Korean 32" 4K Generic mechanical rainbow LED lit SeaSonic G Series 550-Watt AZZA Helios 910 CSAZ-910 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 T1 24BIT Tube USB DAC 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X2 255 ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 Radeon X300 Kingston KHX1600C9D3/4GX 
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Thanks FastMHz, I agree it's worth a try!
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For future reference of anyone looking to do something like this, so far it is working great! I will update this if Microsoft ever asks for re-activation.
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