VMware + WindowsXP guest + license?

NoOp glgxg at mfire.com
Tue May 8 02:40:19 UTC 2007

On 05/07/2007 09:37 AM, Derek Broughton wrote:
> Albert Charron wrote:
>> Sadly, you can't use an OEM licences (licence that came with a computer)
>> anywhere else than on the PC it came with (As for Windows, it's
>> installed in a second computer when installed in VMWare).
> No, it's not.  That's Microsoft's opinion, but it isn't a _legal_ one.

Hmmm... you might want to have a read here:

Restrictions on OEM versions of Windows:

Customers today cannot purchase a desktop operating system from an OEM
installed in a virtual machine requiring them to purchase the license
retail. In addition, they cannot transfer an existing OEM Windows
desktop license into a virtual machine.

In 2000, VMware had an OEM license to redistribute Windows in a VMware
virtual machine. VMware was unable to renew this agreement in 2003 and

F. Availability of Virtualized Windows for Desktops from OEMs

Microsoft has stated that with the introduction of Vista, PC OEMs do now
have some capability to ship Windows clients in virtual machines. It is
not clear what scope or restrictions apply to this.

Added info:

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