Virtualizing XP with dual boot FC10/XP
Robert L Cochran
cochranb at speakeasy.net
Sun Dec 14 19:03:43 UTC 2008
Wayne Feick wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-12-14 at 13:20 -0500, Robert L Cochran wrote:
>> Agile Aspect wrote:
>> > Robert L Cochran wrote:
>> >> I now have a virtual machine that runs Windows XP, however I am in
>> >> trouble with the Windows activation process because I can't (yet)
>> >> provide a valid product key code to the Microsoft activation server. The
>> >> installation CD is from Dell, I just bought a new laptop with a Dell
>> >> "Windows XP downgrade" and I need to ask Dell's support people how I'm
>> >> supposed to provide a valid product key for this. It may be that I have
>> >> to install Windows Vista first (because I have a Vista CD and product
>> >> key too) and then downgrade to XP, I don't know quite yet.
>> > The valid product key for Windows on Dell laptops should be
>> > on bottom side of the computer.
>> There is a label for Windows Vista. Remember I said this is a Windows XP
>> downgrade. If you look at Latitude E-Series laptops on Dell.com (their
>> USA website), you will see what I am talking about -- I paid an extra
>> $99 for the downgrade. The CD I am using also shipped with the new
>> computer, so it's legal, or should be. I'll ask at the Dell forums...
> Your license key may or may not work in a VM. Last time I tried to
> install Dell's OEM version of XP inside VMWare (admittedly a few years
> ago), it refused to activate and gave a message that it was only
> licensed to run on Dell hardware.
I'm just getting messages that the key is incorrect. I'll recheck it
again after a belated lunch, maybe my eyes are just old and unfocused?
Thanks for the heads up though. You might be right, I will follow up on
On the good side, my Fedora 10 VM is running with bridged networking. I
hope it can see things like USB and serial ports.
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