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Does OEM Vista install under VirtualPC?

Like it says!
I have an OEM Vista disk and, before opening the package, I ought to check that it will install under VirtualPC...

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Yes you can however keep this in mind
from here
http://searchsystemschannel.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid99_gci1256599,00.html

"OEM copies of Vista that are run in VMs cannot be copied or moved to another machine. They are licensed only to run on the same physical device as the host OS, as per the general restrictions for OEM copies of Windows."

Which means once it is activated on that machine it is tied to that physical machine

This last restriction about OEM copies of Vista is one of the blurrier provisions in the licensing. One would think that a VM itself counts as a device, but evidently Microsoft doesn't see it that way: the "device" that the OEM copy is licensed to is the host PC and not a virtual machine.

If you are using this for testing purposes I would just install it and during the install do not activate it you will have 3 days to activate before reduced functionality you can extend this to 120 days maximum there are various articles on the net on how to do this.
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You're a very useful man to know, briancassin. Could you point me to a net place where I can find a sneaky ways of extending full functionality to 120 days?
 many thanks,

peter
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BC,

One final related question: Can delete this virtual Vista and re-install it on the same VM on the same hardware repeatedly? (As a clean slate for testing...)
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I'll let you if it goes awry when I try this! Thanks for the info.

peter