> I recently purchased a Vista Home Premium upgrade package and I want to
> upgrade by OEM version of XP (Media Center) shipped on my computer. I must
> also maintain XP on a dualboot partition for legacy applications
> compatibility issues. My plan is to do a clean install of Vista Premiun
> updrade, then use Virtual PC to create a virtual XP OS partition using my OEM
> XP disk.
> My question is, will this: Does this create a license issue?
Yes. By using an Upgrade license of Vista, you will not have a license
for WinXP MCE available to install within the VM. If you use an Upgrade
version of Vista, the license for the earlier, qualifying OS will be
subsumed (become an integral part of) by the Vista Upgrade license.
Basically, you have no license to use the Upgrade without there first
being an earlier, qualifying OS license _permanently_ in place on the
computer, and that qualifying license cannot subsequently be used
Further, if your OEM WinXP MCE installation disk is of the BIOS-locked
variety, it most likely won't even install within the VM, because the
simulated hardware components will not be those for which the disk was
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