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  1.    28 Aug 2015 #1

    Windows 10 on VirtualBox


    I have installed my retail copy of Windows 10 on my main desktop. But before I did this I did the upgrade from Windows 8.1 and then converted the install.esd file into an iso.

    How can I activate this virtualbox copy? I thought it would have accepted the key from Windows 8.1?
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  2.    28 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,511
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017

    Hello Nick,

    I'm afraid that the VM is considered a separate PC, and is why the registered activation of the free Windows 10 for your main desktop was not used to activate the VM.
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  3.    28 Aug 2015 #3

    Anything I can do? I seem to remember back in Windows 7 you could extend the unactivated period.
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  4.    28 Aug 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,511
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017

    You could try to activate by phone, but I'm not sure how that works without a product key.
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  5.    28 Aug 2015 #5

    If I can get through to an actual person perhaps I can explain the situation.
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  6.    28 Aug 2015 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,511
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017

    That part might be more fun.
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  7.    28 Aug 2015 #7
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,800
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    If you have an old Technical Preview ESD version like 10074*, in the sources folder it contains a pid.txt file, which you can edit to remove the installation code and then enter the proper activation code: 6P99N-YF42M-TPGBG-9VMJP-YKHCF

    It activates on installation, the several times I have tried it, then upgrade directly using the Media Creation Tool etc.

    * download esd:
    Code:
    http://b1.download.windowsupdate.com/d/updt/2015/04/10074.0.150424-1350.fbl_impressive_CLIENTPRO_RET_x64fre_en-gb_A2E658E66F18800CFAC91EF0C329DF10F0299B4D.esd
    You don't need an MSA for this, just a local account.
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  8.    28 Aug 2015 #8

    Thanks for the idea but the reason why I'm doing this is to test out the latest insider builds.
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  9.    28 Aug 2015 #9
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3,656
    10 Pro

    I installed 10120 in VBox a couple of days ago and activated it with the generic key. I then upgraded to 10240 RTM and is was fully activated with no expiry.

    I then joined the insider preview and upgraded to 10525 and then 10528. After 10240 you get an expiry of June 15 next year.

    My VBox also works fine when running on OSX host - not just a valid Windows 10 host (which I have). I've also tested Hyper-V and VMWare and all get activated OK if you upgrade from 10120 with no underlying OS.

    Quite possibly they will get turned off at some point but for testing new builds it works fine. I'm sure another build will turn up before next June anyway.
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  10.    28 Aug 2015 #10
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,800
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    Once you have upgraded to the activated RTM, you can set your preference to receive insider builds, fast or slow ring, and sign in with a MSA. Then you should be able to join in with the latest insider builds, starting with the upgrade to 10532. Otherwise you will need an activated win7 or 8 on your VM to upgrade from.

    It would be best to take a snapshot of the RTM before joining insider, so you can go back to scratch if something inevitably fails.
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