Virtualizing XP with dual boot FC10/XP

Mikkel L. Ellertson mikkel at
Mon Dec 15 01:19:28 UTC 2008

Robert L Cochran wrote:
> Wayne Feick wrote:
>> 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.
>> Wayne.
> 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
> this.
> On the good side, my Fedora 10 VM is running with bridged networking. I
> hope it can see things like USB and serial ports.
> Bob
There is a good chance that the key only works with specific machine
model. I remember something on the VirtualBox mailing list about
having to change some values in the virtual BIOS before you could
install or convert a real image to a virtual one.

I have even run into problems like this with OEM Windows 98SE disks
that would only install on Compaq machines.


  Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons,
for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: signature.asc
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 189 bytes
Desc: OpenPGP digital signature
Url : 

More information about the users mailing list