Do I need to purchase a separate license to run a Virtual Machine?

Joseph Videtto December 10, 2012
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I’d like to run a virtual machine on my Windows 7 64-bit host – do I need to purchase another version of the Windows 7 64-bit operating system? If not, how do I go about installing the operating system? I’m using Oracle’s free VM software.

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  1. Brian Carmichael
    December 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Windows likes the one license on computer rule. but i have used my key from the host machine to install vm's without any issues. otherwise youll have to pay $50-$80 for a license

  2. Luca Vignando
    December 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Yes, a new license is needed.
    Actually Windows 7 comes with a compatibility mode with XP and I read around that it is possible to get a working XP virtual machine from Win 7 but it is tricky ad of course against the license and the law.

  3. James Maciel
    December 15, 2012 at 12:28 am

    You would need a second key to install on a different computer and a VM would be considered another computer.

  4. Adriel Tan
    December 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    If you are installing another copy of windows in your VM (virtual machine), then you do need another license for windows. If you are installing something that has no licensing (e.g. Ubuntu), then no.

  5. Declan Lopez
    December 14, 2012 at 2:37 am

    as long as the computer you are running it on is x64 and you have the product key it should work

  6. Amit Sinha
    December 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    VM ware is the software to provide virtual hardware for the OS so that you can run another OS without booting or installing it to use it, so you have to purchase another copy

  7. FIDELIS
    December 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Hello, you would definitely need a different license to keep the operating system in a virtual machine.

    I am not sure with windows 7, but with server 2003/vista as an example, you could install 2003/vista in a virtual machine and keep it as a trial for an amount of days. This way you could install it without entering a license at installation time.

  8. luis donis
    December 12, 2012 at 6:54 am

    for there are several alternatives you can use virtual box is free and good

  9. Duy Nguyen Minh
    December 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Virtural Machine is free. You can download it easy.

  10. Charles Yost
    December 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    You would definitely need to purchase another copy for your virtual machine. I would not suggest using the same license that you currently have on you PC. Not sure if it would work anyway. I am sure that Windows has some way of blocking that from happening.

  11. Vishal Srivastava
    December 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    As ha14 has said above, it is illegal to use your copy of Microsoft Windows 7 in your virtual machine. You'll have to buy a separate licence.

  12. Dave Rimmer
    December 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    You could have just tried it and found out for yourself, but as ha14 has stated you may not be able to use the same key.

  13. Thehunting Lion
    December 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    If you already hav licensed copy of win 7 ultimate , u can directly use win xp mode

  14. Ramón García
    December 11, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Yes, you have to purchase another license

  15. josemon maliakal
    December 11, 2012 at 4:06 am

    if you are using a windows OS then you must ..because they consider it as seperate installations even if they are virtual

  16. ha14
    December 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Licensing for Virtual Environments
    http://www.microsoft.com/Licensing/about-licensing/virtualization.aspx

    Licensing Windows Desktop Operating System for Use with Virtual Machines
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/briefs/win7-virtual.aspx

    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.

    Running a VM of Win 7 inside Win 7 would constitute two installations.

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