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Windows 7: Re-installing Win7 OEM on Virtual Machine?

19 Oct 2015   #1
paulf22

Win7 Pro 64Bit
 
 
Re-installing Win7 OEM on Virtual Machine?

Hello... I've just created my first VM using VMWare Player and Ubuntu.

I now want to create a Windows 7 VM using OEM software.

Please note I will be purchasing a new Win7 OEM disc for this process, and will only create a single Win7 VM.

My question is that if the VM becomes corrupted, infected etc, and I delete it, can I legally re-install the Win7 OEM onto a new VM?

My understanding is that I can, as my hardware will not have changed, but I'd like to get the opinion of users here.

Thanks!


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20 Oct 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I really don't know the answer to your question but I will try to find someone who can.
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21 Oct 2015   #3
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

It's certainly not recommended to use OEM licenses in VM's - but it is a supported scenario.
Yes, you can reinstall the license into a new VM - but it may complain if the new VM is either in a different host, or different VM manufacturer. (it depends on seeing the same 'hardware' in the new install as in the old).
My recommendation would be to back up the file created (vhd, etc) to external media, so you can just swap it back in at need.
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21 Oct 2015   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
My recommendation would be to back up the file created (vhd, etc) to external media, so you can just swap it back in at need.
Are you suggesting a system image restore to a VM. Aren't you presented with the same licensing question if the VM is different ?
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21 Oct 2015   #5
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

In most VM scenarios, the guest machine is held as a single file on the host - with a limited number of auxiliary files for the settings, etc.
Copying those files enables the guest to be recovered from the backup - simply by swapping the copies back in place of the corrupted files.
It's not a question of a 'restore' as such - simply a file-copy operation. I always keep two copies of the original install - one before activation (so I can work on an unactivated/non-genuine system if necessary) and one that's been activated after update to whatever the current/required status at install time was - this enables me if necessary to get back to whatever state I need to very quickly. Tis works in both VPC and VBox - but I've never tried VMware.
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21 Oct 2015   #6
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

MJF on VMWare, I always install to a newly created folder. You can simply copy that folder as a backup. If you get corrupted files, delete your current folder and paste the backup folder in place of the original. No new activation is required.
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21 Oct 2015   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

paulf22 looks like you have all kinds of help.
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