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  • 1.  Converted a Windows XP machine, now asking for lic key.

    Posted Sep 02, 2009 08:28 PM

    I convered a physical Windows xp machine. I get no errors. Everything appears to have been converted. When I log into the XP machine it tells me "This copy of Windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on. Do you want to activate Windows now?" I was under the imprestion that the Import Machine was a clone of the pysical machine. Am I doing some thing wrong.

    vCenter Converter 4.1.0

    ESXi 4

    Windows XP SP3



  • 2.  RE: Converted a Windows XP machine, now asking for lic key.
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    Posted Sep 02, 2009 09:32 PM

    WadeW,

    Welcome to the VMware Community Forums!

    >I was under the impression that the Import Machine was a clone of the pysical machine. Am I doing some thing wrong.

    It does make a clone of the physical. The key difference is the hardware presented to the operating system. More than likely, you have an OEM licensed version of Windows. It is against the MS Windows ELUA to move an OEM version of Windows off of that hardware onto another system. This is why you are seeing the activation screen.

    We only support converting a volume license of Windows.

    If you have a Windows XP Volume License, you might be able to do repair/reinstall to change how the licensing works, or contact Microsoft for options on converting the OS from OEM to Volume License.



    Regards,

    EvilOne

    VMware vExpert 2009

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  • 3.  RE: Converted a Windows XP machine, now asking for lic key.

    Posted Sep 03, 2009 11:35 AM

    Thanks. That is what it was.