I previously received an anticipation to your discovery:
It's an interesting workaround, even if it does not fit my taste.
Fred does not tell anything about his hardware; I will try with my own new one and let you know.
One thing I have experienced, as far as I remember, is that creating a new PTC account and installing ME on a single PC did not require to refresh the license; as soon as I installed it on the new notebook (with the same account) the license resumed to expire. Another attempt that someone would maybe be trying.