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Windows 7: windows 7 partition as Dual Boot and VM

19 Jan 2010   #1

win 7 & osx10.6
windows 7 partition as Dual Boot and VM


I have set up my machine so Windows 7 is the second OS on the dual boot and within the first OS i'm also able to open the windows 7 partition via VM software.

The problem i have is the VM software looks like different hardware to the Laptop so when i go from Physical windows to VM windows it asks me to re-register my copy of windows and vice-versa.

Has any one got any suggestions how i get windows to except that both hardware set-ups are the same machine? or any other way around my problem?

I do have the retail version so thought this would be ok.

Any help would be great.

Many thanks

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19 Jan 2010   #2

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Hello prldoyle,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

I was just wondering about this while answering another post. The problem is that the hardware in the VM is virtual hardware and not the hardware on your machine. Windows recognizes it as a different computer. I don't know of any way to convince it otherwise. What is the other OS in the dual boot? I believe the EULA says one copy on one machine if I remember correctly. Someone please correct me on this if memory fails.

Hope this helps.

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19 Jan 2010   #3

win 7 & osx10.6

Thank you for the reply

The other OS in mac osx, the laptop is a macbook pro.

I orignally installed it on the partition so it was dual boot and registered it. then i started it up in pararelles (vm software for mac osx) and it said it need to be registered, but i didn;t do it as i didn't know if it would fail.

After using it for a day or two in the VM software with out registering it, i went back to the physical version and it said it was already registered. Do you think if i register the windows copy within the vm then the physical verision would become un-registered?

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19 Jan 2010   #4

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

I'm not sure how that would work. If you are only going to mount it in the VM, then you need it activated there, but if you then boot directly into the OS there would be two computers using the same key as far as activation is concerned. Don't know what would happen next.
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