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install in virtual machine from recovery disc for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit?

    Question

  •   Has anyone yet found a constructive end to the apparently vicious circular
    argument listed below?

    1 - A purchaser of a computer system which included an OEM license for
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit needs to install the licensed copy of the
    operating system within a virtual machine, created by another operating
    system.  This is in compliance with the license terms, i.e.:
      "3. d. Use with Virtualization Technologies.  Instead of
      using the software directly on the licensed computer, you may
      install and use the software within only one virtual (or otherwise
      emulated) hardware system on the licensed computer."

    2 - The OEM can supply only the recovery disc(s) of the OEM version of the
    operating system. To obtain the Windows 7 Installation disc one must
    contact Microsoft (per OEM customer support).

    3 - Microsoft can only supply an Installation disc to a retail licensee
    of Windows 7, and will send nothing to an OEM licensee (per Microsoft
    customer support).

    4 - A Windows 7 recovery disc CANNOT be used to successfully complete
    an installation within a virtual machine.  [This may be the least verified
    of these statements.  But it is consistent with several different attempts,
    and is claimed to be true by some OEM customer support representatives.]
    Without hardware virtualization support enabled in the BIOS, shortly
    after the initial screens of the installation process from a recovery disc
    one is rewarded with a blue screen crash with e.g.:
      DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL.
    With hardware virtualization support enabled in the BIOS, shortly
    after the initial screens of the installation process from a recovery disc
    one is rewarded with a message box displayed on the virtual console:
      The system recovery discs do not support this computer.
      You are not able to restore this system with these discs.

      What steps should such a customer take to successfully deploy their
    licensed copy of Windows 7 within a virtual machine?
    Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:34 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    For the licensing issues, I recommend you call local Microsoft Customer Service Center to contact the licensing team for the answer directly.

     

    Regards,


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    Friday, July 16, 2010 5:58 AM

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  • A custom OEM version of windows can not (well not easy anyway) be used in the method you listed.

    There are OEM version of windows which are just like retail versions

    and yes you can install it to a VM but it is not in line with the Terms of service for OEM software.

    An OEM license does not allow for the use you have listed the license is tied tot he first computers HARDWARE a VM is not the same machine

    it is second machine and OEM license can not be moved to new hardware.

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:47 PM
  • > An OEM license does not allow for the use you have listed the license is tied tot he first computers HARDWARE

    I beg to differ, as the license language quoted in the initial post in this thread is from the OEM license displayed during the Setup of the (not-quite) "pre-installed" OEM copy of Windows 7 on the system in question.

    > a VM is not the same machine

    > it is second machine and OEM license can not be moved to new hardware.

    Since the Setup has not been allowed to run to completion on the bare hardware system (and there is no intent to use Windows 7 running on the bare hardware), the installation within the virtual machine will be the first system, not an attempt to move or reuse an already-consumed licensed copy.

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    Thursday, July 15, 2010 6:31 PM
  • OEM software is not end users, it is for system builders who build and SELL systems, it is not for reuse, and yes it would be reuse the case you stated.

    All the is left on an OEM install is that the END USER agree to the TOS or not if they do not agree they can sell the OS with the PC and all the recovery software or with the recovery partition but one can not sell, move, or transfer the OEM license to another system.

    Thursday, July 15, 2010 6:52 PM
  • Hi,

     

    For the licensing issues, I recommend you call local Microsoft Customer Service Center to contact the licensing team for the answer directly.

     

    Regards,


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    Friday, July 16, 2010 5:58 AM