VMWare and Windows Activiation

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by stadidas, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. stadidas macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2006
    Kent, United Kingdom
    I'm sure someone knows how to fix this...

    Every time I've used boot camp, and then gone back to VMWare, I have to re-enter the Windows activation key. I think I read somewhere that you are meant to install VMWare Tools at a certain time to stop this happening.
    Can anyone help?
  2. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    I do believe it is recommended to install VMware Tools before doing activation of any kind. So the sequence of events would be:

    1. Install Windows XP in BootCamp.
    2. Reboot into OS X, load Windows XP bootcamp partition in VMware.
    3. Install VMware tools.
    4. Reboot the Windows XP bootcam partition in VMware
    5. Activate Windows

    At this point you shouldn't have to activate when switching back and forth.

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