XP Pro Activation

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Ed, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. Ed

    Ed Guest

    I created a Windows XP Pro VPC using our corporate CD. It
    is asking for activation in virtualPC when we have an
    enterprise license and never needed to active on a normal
    load. Activation using our CD-Key results in an error.

    Any ideas?

    ed
     
    Ed, Jun 9, 2004
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  2. Ed

    Scott Baker Guest

    It sounds like it really isn't a volume license CD, or it's a really
    bad install. Did you try it on another, completely blank VHD?

    Scott
     
    Scott Baker, Jun 11, 2004
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  3. Ed

    Ed Guest

    I agree but our corporate people assure me it is a
    enterprise copy. I am using a network load. This load has
    been successful for a normal load. It appears VPC is
    converting the product ID to an -oem- version requiring
    activation. The normal load using the same load point has
    a non-oem PID.

    Thanks
     
    Ed, Jun 11, 2004
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  4. Ed

    Steve Jain Guest

    VPC can't convert anything like you've mentioned, its simply a virtual
    computer. It has no way to recognize your install as XP, let alone
    which version of XP you've installed.

    Also, I've seen the corp version of XP installed on VPC without
    issue.

    Steve Jain, Microsoft MVP for Virtual PC for Windows
    Website: http://www.essjae.com
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    Steve Jain, Jun 11, 2004
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  5. Ed

    Scott Baker Guest

    As have I. Non-VL (i.e., retail) prompts for activation, as expected.
    The VL copy doesn't, and neither one will recognize the other's key. I
    use both all the time.

    Scott
     
    Scott Baker, Jun 12, 2004
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    pml Guest

    I agree but our corporate people assure me it is a
    Could it be a "pre activated" OEM version? That is, a version of XP that
    comes from the computer manucaturer (eg Dell, Compaq ...), and that could be
    installed on computers from the same manufacturer without activation? Note
    that Virtual PC has its bios of its own, and therefore it might not be
    possible to install OEM versions of XP customized for other computer brands.
     
    pml, Jun 13, 2004
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  7. On a similar topic...

    I want to use VPC to run some alpha software safely on my machine
    (i.e. the Community Tech Preview of Whidbey). Do I need to get another
    copy of XP to run in my VM, or can I use my existing copy?

    The evaluation document says that all operating systems must be
    properly licensed... but what about the same copy of the O/S running
    on the same hardware? Is isn't immediately clear to me what the
    licensing situation here is...

    julian
    in london
     
    Julian Templeman, Jun 14, 2004
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  8. Ed

    Steve Jain Guest

    MS considers the VM, even if its on the same physical machine, as a
    separate machine and must have its own license.

    Steve Jain, Microsoft MVP for Virtual PC for Windows
    Website: http://www.essjae.com
    *** All posts are provided AS-IS, no warranty, no QoS ***
     
    Steve Jain, Jun 14, 2004
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  9. OK... I thought that might be the case.
    Thanks for the reply.

    julian

    Templeman Consulting Ltd.
    London and North Wales
     
    Julian Templeman, Jun 15, 2004
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