I have a question regarding performing P2V (Physical to Virtual)
conversions. I am aware that on Windows XP / Vista / Server Editions,
windows activation will be triggered by making significant hardware changes.
I am wondering if the MS Virtual Machine Manager P2V Wizard does anything to
prevent this from happening, as I'm assuming that a P2V conversion would
constitute a significant hardware change.
I have already verified that a P2V converstion does in fact cause windows
activation to launch. However, this P2V conversion was performed via
Symantec's System Recovery software, which allows you to convert a hard drive
image into a .VHD file.
Does anyone have experience with this? Is it even a problem? I have never
had to re-activate an alreadly activated product key before. Can it be done
online, or is a phone call to MS necessary?
Thanks in advance.
My experience is 1 - 3 times per six months depending upon the edition, flavor, and distribution when using the online/internet method of Product Activation. (Microsoft resets some counters on some products at different frequencies to help reduce calls to the Clearinghouse.)
But your answer is that you can re-activate it via Telephone as many times as you need.