Re: Windows 10 System Clone upsets protection settings
Do you mean system restore? You should be able to just turn it back on?
The clone should, by definition, be exact. But on first boot you'll have new hardware (specifically a new drive) so Windows will install a driver for it and demand a reboot.
And ofc that's on top of the thousands of registry and file changes that will also happen on boot and durign Windows usage as standard - drive change or not. The only point where they could be considered exactly identical is after cloning outside of Windows and before ever booting Windows.