There are a few postings with suggestions on how to activate Windows 7 running on a VirtualBox virtual machine, but I have not found any that go beyond "try this, try that".
I have Windows 7 x64 Ultimate OEM installed and activated on my computer. I would like to install and activate a copy of the same OS (same product key) I have running on the computer within a virtual machine. I would like to be able to have Windows 7 "permanently" installed in a virtual machine, rather than playing games with the 30-day activation period.
I develop software and want to run test releases in virtual machines running different OSs, rather than jeopardizing the development computer.
I'm guessing there's the right combination of VBoxManage commands that might get the virtual machine's 'hardware' configured to match the computer's hardware such that activation would be possible. I've read some articles about Windows Product Activation and speculation on what hardware changes Microsoft might tolerate before disallowing activation.
I'm looking for the 'definitive solution', if one exists, so I can avoid countless hours of trial-and-error and be able to activate two copies of the same OS installation on, essentially, the same hardware.
Not sure what the legal ramifications are, but it seems like I ought to be able to use the same OS on the same hardware, even if it is running on virtual machines.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions.