Windows XP mode VM interesting issue

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Brad Bird(MVP), Feb 18, 2010.

  1. Just thought I would give a heads up here.

    I installed Windows Virtual PC and XP mode. I was creating a sandbox environment
    for a customer and decided to use the XP mode VM as the client in an Exchange

    When I took this VM from my windows 7 PC to another system, this forced activation
    to occur. I cannot activate using any key. I reproduced the issue using
    a windows XP VM built by itself on my windows 7 PC and brought into the sanbox
    environment and the issue did not occur.

    So the XP mode VM cannot be moved to another system. Interesting..
    Brad Bird(MVP), Feb 18, 2010
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  2. Brad Bird(MVP)

    VanguardLH Guest

    Because Windows before version 7 didn't include a separate license for the
    guest OS. It has always been the case that if you installed Windows in a
    guest OS that you had to have a license for it.
    "Windows XP Mode (XPM)[12] is a virtual machine package for Windows Virtual
    PC containing a pre-installed, licensed copy of Windows XP Professional SP3
    as its guest OS."
    "Make sure you're running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate."
    "To use Windows XP Mode, you need to download and install Windows XP Mode,
    which is a fully licensed version of Windows XP with Service Pack 3."

    Microsoft isn't gifting to you a second separate license of Windows XP
    beyond its use as an extended compatibility mode inside of Windows 7. In
    fact, this embedded virtualization gives them freedom when moving forward in
    later versions of not having to make the new OS as backward compatible. The
    compatibility is handled by the VM.

    Windows 7's XP Mode requires Windows VPC whose virtual hardware smoothly
    activates during installation (the guest's OEM license matches the
    underlying hardware). Loading XP Mode under other virtualization software
    means the OEM key becomes "unauthorized" and why you need to activate.

    I've heard the product key for the guest OS is in a KEY.TXT file that comes
    with XP Mode. If that exists, try it. I found the following thread in a
    forum with a post from Liu Meng saying activation can be accomplished via a
    registry key. Use at your own risk.
    VanguardLH, Feb 18, 2010
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