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activate windows 8.0 in virtual machine

  1. #1


    Posts : 126
    windows 8.1 pro

    activate windows 8.0 in virtual machine


    Installed windows 8.0 pro on oracle VM VirtualBox
    (running 8.1 pro on host machine)
    and it asks me to activate windows.
    Okay, but it doesn't accept the product key I purchased for the host machine.
    what to do?

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  2. #2


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Windows - unless you have a VL (multiple activation) license needs a license for EVERY machine it's used on - for this purpose a Virtual Machine is identical to a REAL one.

    Windows activation probably detects your key has been used already. - There have been issues about developers wanting to test using VM's -- with W7 you could get 30 days before windows needed activation and of course there were TechNet subscriptions -- however TechNet is closed to new subscribers - the existing one's are also being phased out and MSDN is FAR FAR too expensive for individual testers.

    Ms really needs to provide some sort of developer license (affordably) now TechNet is being phased out. What you could do is download the FREE TRIAL version of W8/8.1 enterprise for your VM - that allows use for 90 days.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #3


    Posts : 126
    windows 8.1 pro


    and what will happen if I just install windows 8 on a dual boot, without any virtual machine business -- will I run into the same license problem, if both windows 8 boots are on the same physical machine?
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by shmu View Post
    and what will happen if I just install windows 8 on a dual boot, without any virtual machine business -- will I run into the same license problem, if both windows 8 boots are on the same physical machine?
    If they both the same version (Core, Pro...) but even if one is 8.0 and the other 8.1 and use the same key, then yes.
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activate windows 8.0 in virtual machine
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