VMWare activation question / Boot camp migration

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by CalMin, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    I have a single XP Home license that came from a PC long ago dead. It was the retail copy, so I have been able to install it on Boot Camp (after some SP2, slipstreaming shenanigans).

    I want to use VMWare converter to bring the machine into a full VM Machine for daily use (MS Office) but keep the Boot Camp partition for gaming. I know VMWare let's you use Boot Camp, but there are some issues such as not being able to suspend, that make me want to keep it virtual.

    If I migrate using converter, will I have to reactivate? If so, can I keep the Boot Camp partition going without buying a new license?
  2. nospamboz macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2006
    Probably. I think normal Boot Camp VM operation requires two activations anyway. Check the VMWare Fusion manual.

    You can probably get better answers on the VMware Fusion forum.

  3. IMcD23 macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2007
    Iowa, United States, Earth, Milky Way, . . .
    I would say no, because it is a retail copy, so you don't have to register anyway, right?
  4. nospamboz macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2006
    Activation and registration are two separate things in Windows.

    Activation is you telling Microsoft what your system is, and them
    telling your Windows it's OK to run. If your system changes too much
    from when it was activated, Windows cries "Pirate!" and requires
    re-activation. If Microsoft isn't satisfied it's the same system, your
    Windows is disabled.

    Running Windows in Bootcamp and a Bootcamp VM is sort of like
    running on separate systems, so the activation is an issue. VMware
    has a recommended activation procedure for installing Bootcamp
    and turning it into a VM, but for already activated Bootcamp
    installations, I'm not sure what the procedure is, as I don't use
    Bootcamp. I know it's been done, though, and the VMware Fusion
    forum is the place to look.

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