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Hyper V and VMWare on the same machine

  1. #21

    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    This actually is NOT a violation of the EULA -- it's Windows on te SAME machine -- you can install Windows as many times as you like on the SAME machine -- you can't RUN more than one concurrently of course.
    It actually IS a violation of the EULA. Please do not shoot the messenger, I don't want to be a killjoy, just telling that Windows EULA is quite clear:

    How can I use the software?

    We do not sell our software or your copy of it – we only license it. Under our license, we grant you the right to install and run that one copy on one computer (the licensed computer), for use by one person at a time, but only if you comply with all the terms of this agreement. Typically, this means you can install one copy of the software on a personal computer and then you can use the software on that computer. The software is not licensed to be used as server software or for commercial hosting - so you may not make the software available for simultaneous use by multiple users over a network. For more information on multiple user scenarios and virtualization, see the Additional Terms.
    (Extract from

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  2. #22

    Thanks Kari, that was my feeling and I am going to use the boot menu selection as suggested by Adam. Now once I get around to it I'll have to create some Hyper V machines and download a few too.
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  3. #23

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,374
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Quote Originally Posted by Indianatone View Post
    You know how it goes, just want to CoverMyA as they say. Don't want my key blocked for miss use.

    Hi there.

    I've never had a key blocked for running Windows like this -- you also won't even have to activate more than the original time - you are running on the SAME machine with IDENTICAL hardware.

    As I said -- is it illegal to SWAP HDD's and run windows -- absolutely not --if it were I don't know how many people would be running Windows illegally --what about all those swapping HDD's for SSD's. !!

    If you really want to be 100% CERTAIN then run Windows ONLY from an HDD (or better) connected via an external e_sata port - simply switch to the HDD/SSD you want to run from at boot time and wipe any Windows 8.1 installations off your purely INTERNAL HDD's.

    If I'm fitting a new SSD / HDD to a computer I certainly want to see if it works before deleting the OLD installation - so there's nothing "irregular" about booting up the SAME windows from another HDD to see if it works and if it doesn't re-boot again from the old HDD until you've sorted the problem out.

    Running multiple concurrent copies on Virtual machines DOES count as DIFFERENT MACHINES - you need a license for each concurrent instance of windows you boot up. However it's perfectly legal to have several DIFFERENT VM configurations under a SINGLE license so long as only ONE of these is ever running at one time. (If the virtual hardware is very different then you will have to re-activate again - however minor changes in VM configurations don't usually require a re-activation of Windows).

    If you have access to a University / college or Work program you might be able to get a Multiple activation version of Windows - that should ease any lingering doubts as you could then run as many as the multiple activation system allows -- probably somewhere between 100 and 1000 copies. !!!! Should be enough even for the most avid tester,

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  4. #24

    No Jimbo, I can't get accesses to cheap / free software any more. When I was working we could enter contest and complete Windows tests to get to buy Ultimate 7 for $15 and even win Office 2007 (I did) and also get discounts on Technet but now I am disabled due to heart issues I am no longer working so what I have got I need to keep.
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  5. #25

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    Windows XP, 7, 8

    I've made a simple tool to put a really quick one-click GUI over this bcdedit procedure, Hyper-V Switch. You can get it on GitHub:
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