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Windows 8 SBL Boot Camp partition to VM

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mneonew Calculating status...
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Dec 5, 2012 1:18 PM

At the moment I have my 15 inch MBPr equipped with a fresh Windows 8 System Builder License on a boot camp parition. I would like to use the boot camp partition with VMware Fusion, so that VMware boots and uses the boot camp partition while in Mac OSX.

 

I am terribly scared that this will make my legally purchased Windows 8 license invalid.

 

I have looked through the Windows support forums and the VMware support forums, but without concrete yay or nays. I therefore ask this community whether anyone has experience with this.

 

Will Windows 8 System Builder License become invalid when you use an activated Boot Camp Parition as source for VMware Fusion?

 

Thanks!

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,580 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 1:38 PM (in response to mneonew)

    When you use a Bootcamp installed Windows you are not reinstalling another copy of Windows when you access Windows from within Fusion. Windows thinks it has been installed again on different hardware when you do this but all it takes is a call to the automated Microsoft licensing line. You will be presented the number when you try to activate Windows from within Fusion. You will still only have one installation of Windows accessable natively or from within Fusion so only one license is required.

     

    Keep in mind that Windows 8 is not supported in a Bootcamp partition.

     

    Detailed instructions on how to use a Bootcamp installed Windows from Fusion is included on the Fusion site.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,580 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 2:30 PM (in response to mneonew)

    You will have one installation of Windows that will be activated. Read the detailed instructions on the Fusion site.

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