VMware workstation 11 exported OS still activated

Discussion in 'Virtualization' started by MrG, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. MrG

    MrG MDL Addicted

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    Just a little tip for those that might be wondering:

    I was testing Win10 v1703 (legally activated) on the test rig2 & tried exporting it, copying & importing it to another rig w/ a different MB & CPU.
    It imported fine & is activated w/ a digital key as was on previous rig.
    The updates installed (15063.540) & all is good on that VM, the exported from VM on other rig is still activated also.

    I haven't tried this w/ Hyper-V yet as test rig2 CPU doesn't have 'SLAT' included (old CPU), test rig1 does though but probably wont test it anyway since one cannot have Hyper-V & VMware installed on the same partition/OS.

    HTH anyone wondering
     
  2. MrG

    MrG MDL Addicted

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    #2 MrG, Aug 20, 2017
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    That sure fizzled; I found out after a few days that the OS was not activated anymore w/ the “Activate Windows” watermark in the desktop lower right corner.

    Time to go to plan B, guess time will tell.

    Edit: plan B - Calling in the MS activation # robot > Tech person in India failed as I decided to just go to plan C
    plan C - Using my old Win7 Ultimate TechNet key activated it.

    *Oh well so much for my first impression that a exported copy in VMware of Win10 would be activated more than a few minutes/hours.
    That's what testing is all about I suppose. No to move on & update to another Win10 SKU
     
  3. Enthousiast

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    Why didn't you just re-establish a new HWID for the VM?
     
  4. MrG

    MrG MDL Addicted

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    Thank you Enthousiast
    Have to try that out.
    Would I do that from the; host/deviceMgr/VM?
     
  5. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    What should work is shrinking the current windows partition in the VM and install win 7 SP1 Home or Pro (depends for what 10 edition you want a HWID for) and activate it by DAZ WLoader and generate a genuineticket.xml (or upgrade it to 10) and use the ticket on the 10 install.