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Is it possible for me to virtualise Windows 7 Home Premium?

 
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Alex01UK
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:15 am    Post subject: Is it possible for me to virtualise Windows 7 Home Premium? Reply with quote

Is it possible for me to virtualise Windows 7 Home Premium on my laptop? At a reasonable speed for free? Laptop spec. in sig.

tia, from Alex.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In theory, yes.
However whether Windows licensing would like it is a different question...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bobthebob1234 wrote:
In theory, yes.
However whether Windows licensing would like it is a different question...


http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/intellectualproperty/UseTerms/default.aspx

MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS
WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM

3. ADDITIONAL LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND/OR USE RIGHTS.

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. When used in a virtualized environment, content protected by digital rights management technology, BitLocker or any full volume disk drive encryption technology may not be as secure as protected content not in a virtualized environment. You should comply with all domestic and international laws that apply to such protected content.


I think the relevant words are “instead of”, ie the same licence can’t be used for both a native and a vm installation. At least that’s the way I read it.
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