VMware + WindowsXP guest + license?

Albert Charron albert at albertcharron.name
Mon May 7 18:43:17 UTC 2007

Derek Broughton wrote:
> Albert Charron wrote:
>> Tomoki Taniguchi wrote:
>>> Do you still need a new license even if I make the laptop completely
>>> linux and the only copy of windows i will be running is under VMware?
>> Yes you need a new license.  As I said, the OEM license will only
>> validate on the original hardware.  The EULA forbids you to transfer it
>> to another "machine" (VMWare is considered as a machine here)...
> Again, you don't know what you're talking about.  At the _very_ least you
> have to ask where he is.  That is a _tenuous_ legal situation in the US,
> it's completely wrong in Canada and I'm fairly confident it isn't true in
> Europe.
I'm in Canada, I work as a system administrator and I manage a Windows 
network... I can confirm that you can't move an OEM licence to another 
machine... It's not the case with a retail box of XP... but the OEM 
licence is valid only on the system the license was delivered with.  
Just read the EULA of an OEM installation and the EULA of a retail 
installation... They are not exactly the same... there are 
restrictions... and this is well documented on Microsoft web site (US 
and Canada at least...)

  Albert Charron
  Linux Counter member #157482
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