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Windows 7: Activate Vista in VMWare?

27 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
Activate Vista in VMWare?

Can I use the key on the OEM sticker of my laptop to activate Windows Vista HP on VMWare? I updated my laptop to Windows 7 HP, so that means the key should work right?

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27 Mar 2010   #2
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Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

There's no harm in trying. At the very most, it'll tell you the key is invalid. Here's the thing; most OEM installations don't just use keys. There's a special marker, or string, embedded in the BIOS that they look for. VMWare/Virtual PC provide their own virtual BIOS, so it may or may not work. I think according to the EULA it should be allowed.
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27 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You can give it a try, but I doubt very much it will work. OEM's are tied to the machine and unfortunately the VM is a different machine. You just aren't legally allowed to move the OEM copy.
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