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    Default MS EULA interpretation question

    I may be in a position soon to get a new laptop. It will be purchased by someone else, so let's assume it comes with some flavor of Windows (hopefully an XP variety). I have two questions.

    Let's assume I dual boot OpenSUSE and Windows. Will there be any drama for me to use the same OEM copy / license of Windows for virtualization when booted into Linux on that same laptop?

    If this is not acceptable as per the EULA, would using that copy / license just for virtualization be ok?

    Thanks!

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    Neophyte42 wrote:
    > I may be in a position soon to get a new laptop. It will be purchased
    > by someone else, so let's assume it comes with some flavor of Windows
    > (hopefully an XP variety). I have two questions.
    >
    > Let's assume I dual boot OpenSUSE and Windows. Will there be any drama
    > for me to use the same OEM copy / license of Windows for virtualization
    > when booted into Linux on that same laptop?


    nope. I've talked to Microsoft about this. However, realize that
    the OEM version of Windows may not install as a VM guest.

    >
    > If this is not acceptable as per the EULA, would using that copy /
    > license just for virtualization be ok?


    They told me as long as both were not up at the same time, I was
    fine. Thus I could use VMware (for example) to boot my actual
    dual boot partition as a guest in VMware. However, that is
    fraught with issues... but it does work (after the machine
    reconfigs itself many reboots later).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjcox View Post
    Neophyte42 wrote:[color=blue]
    nope. I've talked to Microsoft about this. However, realize that
    the OEM version of Windows may not install as a VM guest.

    >
    > If this is not acceptable as per the EULA, would using that copy /
    > license just for virtualization be ok?


    They told me as long as both were not up at the same time, I was
    fine. Thus I could use VMware (for example) to boot my actual
    dual boot partition as a guest in VMware. However, that is
    fraught with issues... but it does work (after the machine
    reconfigs itself many reboots later).
    I have had all kinds of trouble with M$, and installing xp in a virtual machine. I am presently running VirtualBox --- i tried to install XP in VirtualBox and had to go thru the "call home routine. They refused to activate xp. Tried again a couple of days later and xp was activated automatically without having to talk to a call-center person. This scenario happened on at least 3 occasions. M$ is a real pain in the backside.

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