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Activation - Windows 8


andrewandy

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My downloaded copy of Win 8 pro using the key i was given works fine and installs fine and activates on a dual boot or also just on a single boot etc. I tried it also in a virtual programe but in this Win 8 needs to be activated and will not on the same key. Is this because it thinks the virtual machine is a different computer? :sarc:

Also i have had to re-install windows quite a few times on my computer and have had no trouble with doing this and i was wondering How does it know my computer is the same one as i re-formated my drive before re-installing, As Windows 8 activation always seems to activate ok

Hope this makes sense
Thank You :)
 

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XweAponX

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Are you trying to run Windows 8 from within Windows 8? It would seem to me, that you would have to use a VHD of Win 8 MADE by MS for Virtualization, it would have it's own "activation" -But if you are using Windows 8 from within Windows 8 and trying to use the same Prod Key for Both - THAT will not work, One or the other will be de-activated. You can't have two Windows 8 on the same network using the same product key using the same Microsoft/Skydrive Login - Both will become deactivated, it's a licensing conflict.
 

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pparks1

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My downloaded copy of Win 8 pro using the key i was given works fine and installs fine and activates on a dual boot or also just on a single boot etc. I tried it also in a virtual programe but in this Win 8 needs to be activated and will not on the same key. Is this because it thinks the virtual machine is a different computer? :sarc:
Yes, the VM will be seen as a different computer because it emulates hardware, but not the same hardware that you had. Technically, VM's have to be licensed, just like real computers.
 

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jimbo45

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Hi there
the problem with W8 and VM's is that you have to enter a serial number and activate windows at install time.
With W7 (and earlier OS'es like XP) you had 30 days before activation was required so if you were just testing VM's then usually 30 days was long enough.

What you could do is download the FREE trial of Windows 8 enterprise -- this gives 90 days and doesn't need activation or a serial number.

That should be long enough to play around with VM's for testing. Note though W8 enterprise has some extra features which won't be found in the normal Home versions of W8 so remember that when testing.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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NoelDP

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What you could do is download the FREE trial of Windows 8 enterprise -- this gives 90 days and doesn't need activation or a serial number.
Not quite true :)
The Enterprise Trial has an embedded Key, and self-activates in much the same way as an OEM one does - except that it is time-bombed to expire, rather than re-activate at every boot.
 

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