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Virtual Box and activation problems exceeded unlock code

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    Win 7 Pro x64

    Virtual Box and activation problems exceeded unlock code


    I'm using Win 7 x64 as a host in Virtual Box.

    I installed win 8.1 retail as a guest OS using it's license.

    I've had to move the VDI file a few times, ect and now the license say exceeded unlocks or something.

    So I called and put the numbers in and it activated.

    My question is-I want to install this as my primary OS in a NON virtual environment. I obviously will stop using it in the virtual box but am I out of luck now?

    I had no idea moving the VDI and creating a new VM entry was causing it to reactivate or whatever it did. There was no warning, ect.

    Has anyone experienced losing a license due to Virtual Box?

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    VM's are different PC's as far as licensing is concerned. The particular licence has exceeded the number of different hardware (albeit it virtual) it may be installed on. Phone activation is thus the only alternative now.

    In future save the VM config file - not sure what it is in other VM's, but in VMWare, the .vmx file contains a UUID which needs to be copied to the newly created/moved VM in order for it to be seen as the same hardware.
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    Posts : 2
    Win 7 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    VM's are different PC's as far as licensing is concerned. The particular licence has exceeded the number of different hardware (albeit it virtual) it may be installed on. Phone activation is thus the only alternative now.

    In future save the VM config file - not sure what it is in other VM's, but in VMWare, the .vmx file contains a UUID which needs to be copied to the newly created/moved VM in order for it to be seen as the same hardware.
    I've had to use the phone activation 2 times already. I moved the VM around a few times.

    Is there a limit on phone activation and will they blacklist my key if this continues? I DON'T PLAN ON IT CONTINUING

    I think I have virtual box sorted out and soon will be deleting the VM box and installing as my primary OS on a physical disk. I just want to make sure once i have it installed properly I don't run in to problems
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