What's the best method of activating Windows XP in a VM?

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  1. r3muxd

    r3muxd MDL Novice

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    I'm afraid of using the OEMBIOS changer, because once I accidentally changed the real bios settings from a VM. Thoughts?:confused:
     
  2. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    #2 911medic, Sep 12, 2015
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    well...the oembios changer does not change the bios...soooo

    you should mod the bios file with the vmWare multibrand bios installer here

    then go ahead and use the oembios changer with the requisite oembios files. This is very easy and has a low probability of failure if you read the directions.
     
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  3. hearywarlot

    hearywarlot MDL Member

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    #3 hearywarlot, Sep 12, 2015
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    I think you are a bit confused, OEMBIOS is not settings in BIOS, but a file which gets downloaded and created based on the OEM SLP string in the BIOS for activation on XP.
    If you use OEMBIOS changer with a already prepared OEMBIOS file which suits your OEM SLP string, you can activate XP easily.

    Search this thread for the one which suits your needs:
    If you use Virtualbox, you should add some DMI info in the VM so it has something to verify against.
    Edit the *.vbox file of your VM while Virtualbox does not run using Notepad++ or anything else than Notepad (notepad messes up text files) and add between '<ExtraData>':
    Code:
    <ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBIOSVendor" value="Hewlett-Packard"/>
    <ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBIOSVersion" value="A69"/>
    <ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemVendor" value="Hewlett-Packard"/>
    <ExtraDataItem name="VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemProduct" value="Pavilion Elite D5100T0"/>
     
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  4. r3muxd

    r3muxd MDL Novice

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    #4 r3muxd, Oct 25, 2015
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    I got a Windows XP Pro VL (RTM) iso. How would I convert that into OEM? I tried the stickied guide, and it was for SP3. (I tried it, and I got a "Setup failed to install the catalog" error.) I tried just copying the OEMbios into the iso and changing the setupp.ini file. Got stuck on "Type a product key" because I couldn't install the 30day.

    E: I meant VL.
     
  5. Threat

    Threat Lord of the Files

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    Why not jus use the VL version then and not have any activation?
     
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  6. r3muxd

    r3muxd MDL Novice

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    Because then I get stuck here.

    i.imgur.com/DfTtVB3.png
     
  7. r3muxd

    r3muxd MDL Novice

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    Nevermind, found a dummy key.
     
  8. JacksonTaylor

    JacksonTaylor MDL Novice

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    Have you found out it yet?
     
  9. JacksonTaylor

    JacksonTaylor MDL Novice

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    I've had some problem when trying to activatie Windows XP in a VM. That is the same as your problem. Could you tell me if you found out method to fix it?
     
  10. woolie

    woolie MDL Novice

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    I once installed a bona fide win xp on a vm and msft did activate it online... :)
     
  11. Engineer2k2

    Engineer2k2 MDL Member

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    If you have purchased Win XP License then you can activate the same on VM too. Otherwise use VL version which will activate offline.;)
     
  12. Herischarles

    Herischarles MDL Novice

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    I am facing the same problem when trying to activatie Windows XP in a VM. Could you tell me if you found out method to fix it?