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Virutalbox XP this copy of windows must be activated before you can log on

Trying to learn virtuallbox with shadow protect.  I have VB 4.1.8 and ShadowProtect 4.2.1

I used sp to image an xp sp3 box with 2 GB ram.

I used virtual boot to move the image into vb.

When the machine starts in VB, I get windows splash screen then a box saying 'this copy of windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on'.  You can say yes to activate, but over the web it bombs out.  You can choose to actiavate over phone, nut that bombs out also.  It's a win xp home OEM that came installed on the dell PC.  and I am trying to run the VB on that same machine.

any thoughts?  I know OEM isn' legally allowed to be transferred, but i am just experimenting and for disaster recovery, I would think there's a way to just start it for the short term?
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Seems you're already aware this is using Windows OEM outside of the license agreement so there's not much to say other than the Dell OEM install recognises the virtual hardware environment as "non-Dell" so behaves as it would if you installed it on a physical machine that didn't have Dell hardware.  If you want to do this you should be using retail or volume license media to install from.
Sikhumbuzo NtsadaSenior IT TechnicianCommented:
You can create a "vdi or vmdk" drive of your Dell machine and boot that with VB.
I will go with MASQUERAID
its meant for DELL and not recognizing Virtual Machine as Dell Machine
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It could be that you are using an OEM version of the OS.

You are in breach of Microsoft's License Agreement. There is nothing you can do, other that obtain a use a Retail version of software for your testing.


Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) versions

Note: Physical-to-virtual hard drive migration of a Windows installation is a valid function for customers with Software Assurance and full retail copies of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Software Assurance provides users valuable benefits—please contact Microsoft Corporation for further information. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 installed by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) using OEM versions of these products may not be transferred to a virtual hard drive in accordance with Microsoft licensing terms.

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