what version of Windows 10 for VMWare Fusion (and Bootcamp)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by boombass, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. boombass macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2008
    I want to buy a cheap license for Windows 10 that I can install on my Macbook using VMWare Fusion, or maybe a Bootcamp partition. I am concerned about activation. I understand that Microsoft bases activation on the hardware, and this might be a problem with a virtual machine.

    I see lots of licenses being sold inexpensively on eBay, and I wonder if this would do the trick. Are they legit? Can I use one of these license keys to install Windows 10 as a virtual machine using VMWare Fusion, and if I need to install it again some day in a different virtual machine, will it work?

    I guess I'm confused about Windows 10 licensing. Can anyone help me with this? What should I look for if I buy a license on eBay?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I usually think of those as counterfeit. If they're being sold for a lot less then what you normally would pay, then that usually raises a red flag for me. The old adage fits here - If its too good to be true then it probably is

    I've not had any issues running bootcamp and Vmware, the first time through on Vmware, I was promoted to re-activate but after calling the phone number and giving the series of numbers. I was able to reactivate no problems at all. Technically its the same computer and the same windows install, so you're within the license terms.

    As for multiple VMs using the same license, I think that falls out of the license agreement.
  3. boombass thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2008
    You're probably right! Any thoughts on how to pick a legitimate copy on eBay, and how much it might cost? Don't care if it's Pro or Home.

    I'm mainly asking for the convenience of doing a fresh install from time to time. I do have a copy of Windows 7 which I've used to upgrade to Windows 10, but that's a lot of work and I'm not sure if it would work again if I want to do a clean install. I was hoping that my Windows 7 key would allow me to do a clean Windows 10 install, but that didn't work out.

    Thank you for your help!
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    The current Windows 10 installer accepts Windows 7 keys.
  5. boombass, Apr 4, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2016

    boombass thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2008
    Thank you! I didn't know that. I'll try it out soon!


    I just tried it, and it does indeed work. So much better. Thanks again!

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