Windows 10: Question about licence/activation on a VM Solved

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  1.    03 Feb 2016 #11

    Hi there
    provided the hardware is "Reasonably similar" you can - at least with VMware save a VM on one machine and power it up on another.

    I've done this with Linux as a host and then Windows as host - The VM stayed active whether Windows or Linux was the host.

    What it didn't like though was if I switched to a machine with totally dissimilar hardware -- AMD CPU, different graphic card etc then activation was prompted for -- popup saying "Hardware has changed Windows needs to be re-activated.

    Now sometimes this *might* activate, sometimes it won't -- Ms servers have a mind of their own when it comes to VM's.

    The old W7 allowed 30 days of use before activation -- the current policies make testing of a lot of environments rather hard as there's no grace period if Windows needs to be activated .

    You can get trial SERVER software though for a limited period -- this makes for slightly easier testing but there's always a bit of a pain to set up a SERVER OS as a DESKTOP OS.

    I think Ms should really think about some way of allowing people who want to test a few scenarios using VM's to be a bit more flexible.

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  2.    05 Feb 2016 #12

    NJMorf said: View Post
    Before Win10 released I was running a copy of the preview on a virtual machine. I was also signed in to the insider program. After release I upgraded my machine and deleted the VM. I also deleted the downloaded preview ISO.

    I'd like to set up another VM. From what I've seen, the licence doesn't allow me to do that with my upgraded (from 7) copy, and I've seen the FAQ here that, if I understand it properly, suggests that I would need to reinstall the same version of the preview that I'd originally activated. I have no idea which version that was.

    If I install a copy on the VM using the 10586 ISO I recently downloaded, will that possibly invalidate my licence? I'm assuming that the VM won't look like it's running on my physical machine, so it won't look like I've just clean installed Windows on the same hardware: if it looks like different hardware, will the activation (assuming I can't just put it off for 30 days or something) just fail, or could it revoke the real machine's licence?

    Thanks in advance.
    I believe you can do it if you install the build that was used for RTM in the VM. You will remain activated as long as you apply the updates. This will make you part of the insider program. MS tests update here before they go out to the public. Because VM's are treated as new machines they typically require a new license.
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