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  • Question

  • Hi,

    2 Windows Vista licensing questions:

    1)      For example I want to make dual-boot system on 1 my PC: Windows Vista Ultimate x86 and Windows Vista Ultimate x64. I have retail (boxed) genuine Windows Vista Ultimate. Do I need to buy another license to install 2 OSs on THE SAME PC?

    2)      For example I want to install Windows Vista Ultimate on Virtual PC running on PC with Genuine Retail Windows Vista Ultimate. Do I have to buy another license to install on Virtual PC?

     

    Thanks!

    Sunday, March 23, 2008 10:35 AM

Answers

  • You can only use your Windows Vista license for either
    a 32-bit or 64-bit installation.  If you wish to install the
    64-bit version, you would have to uninstall the existing
    32-bit installation or purchase a new license for the 64-bit
    installation.

    Sunday, March 23, 2008 2:39 PM
    Moderator
  • The licensing for installing and using Windows Vista is the same whether you install Vista on a physical or virtual PC.  You must have a separate license.

    Sunday, March 23, 2008 3:28 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • You can only use your Windows Vista license for either
    a 32-bit or 64-bit installation.  If you wish to install the
    64-bit version, you would have to uninstall the existing
    32-bit installation or purchase a new license for the 64-bit
    installation.

    Sunday, March 23, 2008 2:39 PM
    Moderator
  •  Carey Frisch wrote:

    You can only use your Windows Vista license for either
    a 32-bit or 64-bit installation.  If you wish to install the
    64-bit version, you would have to uninstall the existing
    32-bit installation or purchase a new license for the 64-bit
    installation.

    Thanks for quick reply! What about Ms Virtual PC? If Host PC is running Vista x86 and Microsoft Virtual PC on this PC is running  Vista x86 do I need 2 licenses?

    Thanks!

    Sunday, March 23, 2008 2:44 PM
  • The licensing for installing and using Windows Vista is the same whether you install Vista on a physical or virtual PC.  You must have a separate license.

    Sunday, March 23, 2008 3:28 PM
    Moderator