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Windows 7: Question about installing Windows 7 in virtualbox

10 Apr 2010   #1
mookiemeister

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Question about installing Windows 7 in virtualbox

Hi,

I would like to install Windows 7 in a virtualbox. I already have this license of Windows 7 installed on the same PC where I want to run the Windows 7 in Virtualbox, can I still use the same copy to install it in a Virtualbox or do I need to buy another copy of Windows 7?


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10 Apr 2010   #2
smc333

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

No. You'll run into activation issues as the "hardware" it sees when you go to activate it under VirtualBox will be different from the machine you have it installed natively on.
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10 Apr 2010   #3
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

smc333 is correct.

The virtual hardware counts as separate hardware, so you need a separate license key.
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11 Apr 2010   #4
mookiemeister

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok. Thanks.
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16 Apr 2010   #5
celldweller1591

Windows 7 + Windows Xp Pro + Ubuntu 10.04 + openSUSE 11.2
 
 

Yes, hypervisors are programs that make use of host hardware and install guest os in them. you will need a separate licence for Vbox Os
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16 Apr 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you only want to try it out, there is a free "test drive of Win7 Professional". I believe it runs until June this year. And here is a document I wrote about a year ago on how to install Windows7 in vBox - but i never updated it.
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17 Apr 2010   #7
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Microsoft has extended the availability of the free 90 day trial of Windows 7 Enterprise. If you want to test installing a Seven on a virtual machine, you can download this trial version free: Windows 7 Enterprise | Trial, Evaluation, Test, Download.

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