XP Activation in Virtual PC

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Robert Vincent, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. Here is my dilemma, I need to install XP on a Virtual PC and activate it so
    that I can use it for more than 30 days.

    The concern I have is that if I activate it I will not be able to create
    another Virtual PC (or on a "real" PC) from the same XP install disc in the
    future.

    Also I would like to make copies of the virtual PC to use for different
    configurations. And again I am concerned that I can’t activate it and use it
    for more than one Virtual PC.

    Does this make sense and does anyone have a solution?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Robert
     
    Robert Vincent, Feb 27, 2005
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  2. You might consider using Differencing Disks in Virtual PC.
     
    Chris Hedlund, Feb 27, 2005
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  3. Activation works the same whether on a real pc or a virtual pc. The license
    is valid for one installation at a time. Do as you would for any transfer
    of license for a single copy of XP. Once you delete one virtual machine,
    the license is available for installation on a new virtual machine. One
    virtual hard drive can be set as a standardized starting point for
    developing different configurations by setting the standard virtual hard
    drive (parent) as a read-only source for a number of differencing disks
    (children). Please see the VPC Help files for "differencing disks".
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Feb 27, 2005
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  4. Thanks Colin,
    This spawns another question in my mind though,

    If I have a "Parent" disk and then create Differencing disks from it do all
    changes (including activation) cascade down from the parent disk to the
    differencing disks or does each retain individual settings?

    Ex. if i install a program onto the parent disk will it show up in the
    differencing disks as well. even if the differencing disks were created
    before the changes were made to the parent?

    (head spining round 'bout now)

    Robert

     
    Robert Vincent, Feb 27, 2005
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  5. Robert Vincent

    Paul Adare Guest

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    Colin's response was misleading at best. In the first place, activation
    and licensing are not the same things. The key point here is that you
    need to have licenses for each and every XP installation. That includes
    the parent disk and any differencing disks as well.
    You really should be reading the help that came with the product. If you
    make changes to the parent disk, then any existing differencing disks
    will no longer work.


    --
    Paul Adare
    "On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament],
    'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures,
    will the right answers come out?' I am not able to rightly apprehend
    the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."
    -- Charles Babbage (1791-1871)
     
    Paul Adare, Feb 27, 2005
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  6. Paul, don't be snippy. This is a help forum. We are not all geniuses. Having
    said that, thanks for the response. Now I understand a little better.


    Robert


     
    Robert Vincent, Feb 27, 2005
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  7. Hey Paul,
    I see what you are saying about the licenses and activation. and Iagree.

    Now help me understand the processes. Walk me through, if you will, the
    process of entering the product keys for the differencing disk that was
    created from the parent disk so that I can properly license and then activate
    a differencing disk. If I am not mistaken, I never had to “install†the OS
    on the differencing disk. Therefore I am unaware how I should proceed. And
    since you have read all the documentation from front to back maybe you could
    shed some light on this for the rest of us un-edumacated dopes.

    Thanks,

    Robert
     
    Robert Vincent, Feb 27, 2005
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  8. Robert Vincent

    Paul Adare Guest

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    Sorry sport, since you don't appreciate my snippy responses, I really
    don't feel any obligation to respond to yours.
    The best way to learn is by doing, you might want to try that out.

    --
    Paul Adare
    "On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament],
    'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures,
    will the right answers come out?' I am not able to rightly apprehend
    the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."
    -- Charles Babbage (1791-1871)
     
    Paul Adare, Feb 27, 2005
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  9. Paul,

    Attaboy! Now that the "better than thou's" are done and gone, (Whew, I
    thought he'd never leave) Back to the people helping people.

    A sincere thanks to Chrs and Colin for helping me out. :)


    Robert




     
    Robert Vincent, Feb 27, 2005
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  10. No, but not for the reason you think. You cannot change the parent. Any
    change to a parent disk invalidates all the children. That's why you need
    to everything you plan to do on the parent before setting the read only
    attribute on the .vhd file in the host. From that point all changes are
    stored each child as the child is used. Activation is only an issue on the
    parent. You would never activate a child.

    --
    Colin Barnhorst [MVP Windows - Virtual Machine]
    (Reply to the group only unless otherwise requested)
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Feb 27, 2005
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  11. Well, Paul is right and I stand corrected. You create a differencing disk
    with the Virtual Disk Wizard. The wizard gives you the option of creating
    it as a differencing disk and then asks you for the path to the parent. You
    then create a new virtual machine, using the option to use an existing
    virtual hard disk. You select the newly created differencing disk. When
    you start up the vm it uses the OS installed in the parent. You do not need
    to install an OS in the child. Open the VPC Help file, use the Index tab,
    and put "differencing" in the search box.
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Feb 27, 2005
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