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Windows 8 Vm VirtualBox

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    windows 7

    Windows 8 Vm VirtualBox


    Hello ,
    i installed windows 8 pro to virtual machine.Also activated and save the box for future use.
    Today i ran the windows but it cant be activated becuase the serial key is already being used on another pc..
    (The key is genius.)Well i cant use anymore this key??Also i made a new setup but nothing change.
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  2. #2


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Hello there,

    Is the key already used?
    If it failed twice then we can assume it's true and that the key cannot be used on a second pc.
    If it's a VM, you probably need it for some tests but without a key you'll get a few extra days (30days evaluation + rearms?).

    Sorry.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    windows 7


    Well ,it is a BIG mistake to register a key in VM...maybe only MS can help ,so i will send them an email .
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Question; did you try to install Windows 8 and activate elsewhere than this VM using the same key ? ( like in the host ) I means if you activate it in VM, you can't use it elsewhere
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    windows 7


    No , i dont try to upgrade my windows 7 yet. Only at VM i have this error (error with key)
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    You mention you save it for future use, did you clone it to use the clone ?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    windows 7


    No , i didnt make a clone..... i just export it...Bad choice?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by budhas View Post
    No , i didnt make a clone..... i just export it...Bad choice?
    usually when you use 2 Vm , you need 2 different keys, so if you have extra key ( like me ) you can copy the VM and activate it with a new key

    export it is the same as " copy it " in Vmware, so it's means it will remove the Security ID (SID) and the Activation, you see with VM, if you clone a Master, you can use the clone only as the Security ID (SID) stay the same as the master, but if you plan to use the Master at the same time as the clone you have to use export or copy it ( depend on the Vm software ) and you will need to activate the copy ( and a new key )

    On Windows 7 you can't use the clone and the master at same time it's against the EULA, but it's perfectly OK to keep the Master in storage and use the Clone, and Only 1 clone.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 6
    windows 7


    Well ,
    if i try to upgrade my windows 7 ,maybe i dont have any problem then?
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  10. #10


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by budhas View Post
    Well ,
    if i try to upgrade my windows 7 ,maybe i dont have any problem then?

    yes you will have the same problem, your key is activate with the VM , if you update Windows 7 , you have to delete the VM and call MS to activate it. You can't use the same key for the physical PC and the VM
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