Mac – Do I need a seperate windows license for a VM

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I have Windows 7 running on my laptop.

I want to create a VM on my laptop that will also be running windows 7. Can I use the same key I used for my laptop as I used for the vm?

Or is that going to cause problems?

Best Answer

Yes, you need another key.

And I'll reference the same MS Terms of Use that @Mark posted in his post.

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 disagree with @Mark's answer because of the phrase "Instead of using the software directly" in the licensing text above. That means "if you don't want to install this software directly on the machine, you may choose to run it in a VM on the machine instead of, but not in addition to, installing it on the machine".

So you'll need another key for the virtualized instance of Windows 7. Or you can change the host OS to something free like CentOS and use your Windows 7 key for the guest instance.

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