Can a Windows 7 or 8 OEM Licensed machine be converted to a VM?

Can a physical machine with an OEM version of Win7 or 8 be converted to a VM and activated? Or, are they the same as XP, which cannot be activated after converting because of licensing issues?



You can convert it, but legally you will be out of compliance with the license, and the activation will likely break because it is not on the OEM machine anymore.



You can convert it, but legally you will be out of compliance with the license, and the activation will likely break because it is not on the OEM machine anymore.



Short Answer, Yes you can.
The EULA that comes with OEM OS 7 and 8 (Dell, HP, et cetera) states the following:"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...."
This also depends on whether the CPU supports Secondary Address Translation for HyperV.

Cheers

Leon



Just to clarify, With Windows 8 An OEM version IS a full version. Unlike previous versions of Windows, there are no "OEM" and "Retail" versions, there is only Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise.

With windows 7 OEM the license is tied to the first motherboard it's installed on.
With Windows 8.1 it is possible move it to another build, but only one computer at a time. Also with Windows 8.1 you can change all the hardware you want including the motherboard.

Cheers

Leon



As long as the VM will be run on the same hardware the original OS was activated on, it should work.



The conversion to a VM will change the hardware to VMware or equivalent hardware. This will force re-activation and then as per the first answer here, it will not likely work.

I use retail licenses for VM's and that works a treat.

there are no "OEM" and "Retail" versions, <--- That is incorrect. I have BOTH.

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