XP Pro Activation Question / VPC 2007

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Jeff Lloyd, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. Jeff Lloyd

    Jeff Lloyd Guest

    I have discovered the value to VPC 2007 and would love to use it as a
    "Guinea Pig" installation for software installs before I actually install
    them to my host PC to see what adverse effects may result.

    So, I took my Dell reinstallation disk and did an install to a VPC virtual
    machine and XP wanted to activate - I stopped short because if I activated
    the VPC install I was afraid I would compromise my Host machine because it
    was installed from the same disk.

    Basically, it looks like I would have to buy another license at $260 or
    something and that is just not an option, and an unfair one at that I
    beleive. Is there any way this could be allowed free of charge since it is
    installed on the same computer technically, albeit in a virtual machine, but
    the same computer??

    Many thanks in advance.

    Jeff Lloyd, Dec 5, 2007
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  2. Jeff Lloyd

    Bob I Guest

    You are posting to user-to-user newsgroups. And yes according to the
    licencing agreement, the VPC is a second install, and requires a second
    license. I would suggest you get a Retail XP pro license for this project.
    Bob I, Dec 5, 2007
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  3. Jeff Lloyd

    Paul Adare Guest

    It more than likely would not have activated anyways. Since your computer
    is from Dell your XP install disk is likely BIOS locked and will only
    activate on a Dell BIOS. The VPC does not have a Dell BIOS.
    You are licensed for a single install, you may not like it, but that's the
    way Microsoft's licensing works and that's what you agreed to when you
    setup your Dell in the first place.

    I've set follow-ups back to virtualpc.
    Paul Adare
    MVP - Virtual Machines
    Real time: Here and now, as opposed to fake time, which only occurs there
    and then.
    Paul Adare, Dec 5, 2007
  4. Jeff Lloyd

    Malke Guest

    You need a valid license for any operating system installed on a virtual
    machine. Operating systems created in a VM are just as real as operating
    systems running on a real, standalone computer. If you want to use a
    Microsoft operating system in a VM, you need to purchase a copy exactly
    the same as if you were installing it on a separate computer. For all
    intents and purposes, a VM *is* a separate computer. "Fair" doesn't
    enter into it. The Dell version of XP is tied to the original hardware
    (the Dell computer) on which it is installed and can't be used for a VM.

    Malke, Dec 5, 2007
  5. If you just want to test software, it's much easier to use the version of
    Ghost that came with Norton System Works Pro 2004. Create a DOS boot CD and
    the operating system is oblivious as to the quantity of images you create -
    each for different purposes. Of course, only one can run at a time - no
    androgynous.pat, Dec 22, 2007
  6. From my XP Pro (retail) EULA:

    "1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access, display and run ONE
    copy of the Software on a single computer, such as a workstation, terminal
    or other device ("Workstation Computer")."

    One copy is one copy.
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 22, 2007
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