Can Moma's old latop live again in vmware ?

Mama ( my wife ) has a ragged xp computer that has seen better days however it still can come in handy when her ipad does not do the job.

I am a little bit of a linux / mvware geek and plan on running an esx server at home ( hey doesn't everybody ).

If I p2V mama's laptop will the virtual machine cry out license violation!!

 As with most all laptops I do have a licence number on the bottom of the laptop but do not have much faith that will quiet the crys of Microsoft
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
My experience has been that some copies will P2V with no problem;  some won't.

Unfortunately I haven't noticed any specific characteristics that help identify which category a specific install will be (i.e. a particular vendor; XP build #, etc.).    I THINK it's a question of whether or not the system has a retail or OEM license; but I've seen Dell's that successfully P2V, and I'd have thought that had OEM licenses.

Bottom line:  Just do it and worry about any issues after it's converted.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Agree. Try it.

If you P2V an OEM machine, it should run, but then do NOT run the real machine again. Otherwise Microsoft may pick up the violation.
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
only way to find out is to try
TIMFOX123Author Commented:
I will try it one time :)

Mama's laptop may live again .... for free
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@TIMFOX123  - Thanks and good luck with virtualizing.
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