winxp keeps asking for validation between bootcamp and vmware


macrumors regular
Original poster
Nov 3, 2009

i installed my winxp license in bootcamp then i valited. but whenever i open it in vm ware then i have to validate again because it says hardware have been changed, then if i want to boot into bootcamp to play some game like burnout paradise it says i have to validate again, so here i am, installed a cracked windows xp so i doesn't have to valited. still not doing anything ilegal since i have a legal license. is there any solution for using the license key avoiding that little problem?


macrumors 6502
Oct 25, 2007
It's a known issue.

Windows' excessive licensing protection views Boot Camp and Fusion as two separate computers, I don't believe there's a workaround other than:
• choosing to use ONLY Fusion OR Boot Camp
• installing two separate copies of Windows, taking up extra HD space.


macrumors 68030
Dec 7, 2002
Florida, USA
If this is such a known issues, then why have the last 3 versions of Parallels done it without problems in XP, Vista and Windows 7? And why would anyone buy VMWare?

There must be a configuration issue somewhere.

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