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.
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
only way to find out is to try
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TIMFOX123Author Commented:
I will try it one time :)

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