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Windows 7: Oracle's Virtual Box - Granted only 180 days to use my XP SP2 CD. Why?


08 Jun 2013   #1

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Oracle's Virtual Box - Granted only 180 days to use my XP SP2 CD. Why?

I have always used VMWare Player and Oracle's Virtual Box to be able to use XP on my Windows 7 Home Premium (32bits) system.
Recently, I had to perform a Windows 7 clean install and as a result, I had to reinstall both Virtual players.
No problems with VMWare Player, but when installing XP on Virtual Box I was "granted" with a 180 days temporary usage of my XP, a thing that never happened previously with both virtual players.
Any help will be pretty much appreciated.

Regards,
Flores


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09 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10
 
 

amflores, are you installing an enterprise edition of xp?
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09 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

Hello Doug,

No, just my regular XP SP2 PRO CD I used on two previous similar occasions with both Virtual Box and VMware Player installed.

Flores
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09 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10
 
 

Flores, try the phone activation method. The 180 day period is for enterprise.


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890
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09 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

Quote:
=Flores, try the phone activation method.
Thanks Dude, I will.
I think M$ is not allowing me to use XP twice on the same machine!

LOL

Flores
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09 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10
 
 

I didn't realize that's what you were doing. Give me a minute, I think someone posted a way to do that.


Try this

Can I 'copy' my current install to a VM?
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09 Jun 2013   #7

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by amflores View Post
Quote:
=Flores, try the phone activation method.
Thanks Dude, I will.
I think M$ is not allowing me to use XP twice on the same machine!

LOL

Flores
Are you trying to use the same product key twice?
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09 Jun 2013   #8

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
Methods described in that thread only tell how to create a virtual machine from existing Windows setup. However, it does not solve the activation issue.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Are you trying to use the same product key twice?
A good question.

Windows licences are one key - one machine. If you have for instance installed XP using a certain product key on one machine, whether physical or virtual is irrelevant, you cannot use the same key to install XP on another machine.

It might have been that you could manage it earlier without getting caught but as the time goes by the methods used by software companies in general and Microsoft in particular to find and reveal activation exploits and multiple activations with one key get better and better.

According to Windows XP EULA your scenario, one product key on two machines is not allowed.

Kari
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11 Jun 2013   #9

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
Kari is correct -- VMware and Oracle will create essentially DIFFERENT VM's (the "Virtual" hardware isn't identical).

Your VMware XP system should still be OK. If not phone activation should still work.

You could hope that eventually when XP is no longer supported Ms will consider it "Abandonware" and give a generic key that will work (rather like they did for W98) but if they do that it won't be immediately after the end of support for XP.

Cheers
jimbo
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11 Jun 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

Quote:
Are you trying to use the same product key twice?
Hi derekimo,

Yes, as I always did.
I used my CD twice to install XP on both VMWare Player and VBOX on my laptop, at least three times with no problems.

This time, I installed XP on VMWare, but was granted by MS a license to use XP for only 180 days when installing it on VBOX. It never happened before.

Maybe I will try the other way around: will remove VMWare, install VBOX and then VMWare again, to see if the same happens now with VMware.
Cheers,
Flores
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