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Okay,

I'm currently running a dual boot with Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7. I bought the Windows 7 OEM disk when I first built my rig, and I'm wondering if it would be possible to install that in VirtualBox while running Linux. So that way if I wanted to do something quick using a Windows program I would have to reboot and change operating systems.

Any help appreciated,
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Technically yes, but you may have problems activating because virtual box creates generic virtual devices and OEM software will tie itself to the devices like motherboard and mac address. I wouldn't do that personally, if you were going to put an OS in a VM then put the ubuntu in there.

EDIT:

Do you game? If you game I'm assuming on the windows side. Which means that really you wouldn't want to waste the memory providing a VM for the game. There would be too much BS to get through for you to play any modern FPS. I dual boot as well, and if you've optimized win 7, it will be up in less than 1 minute, so just restart and go get a drink and game.
Edited by herkalurk - 2/2/11 at 6:46pm
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Originally Posted by herkalurk;12240882 
Technically yes, but you may have problems activating because virtual box creates generic virtual devices and OEM software will tie itself to the devices like motherboard and mac address. I wouldn't do that personally, if you were going to put an OS in a VM then put the ubuntu in there.

EDIT:

Do you game? If you game I'm assuming on the windows side. Which means that really you wouldn't want to waste the memory providing a VM for the game. There would be too much BS to get through for you to play any modern FPS. I dual boot as well, and if you've optimized win 7, it will be up in less than 1 minute, so just restart and go get a drink and game.

Actually, I was planning to use the VM to screw around and download suspicious programs. (Programs that you couldn't download on Linux of course.)
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Well, I have done it for school, but I'd still advise against it. Just keep whatever partitions you have. Waiting a minute or 2 to reboot for doing whatever isn't that big of a deal. My dad still has dial up internet, so I don't even use his computer when I go home cause my blackberry has faster webz. Be thankful for the very nice rig you have.
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Yes, you can do this.

In the past Microsoft had restrictions on running certain Windows (Vista) versions in virtual machines; but now the Windows 7 OEM license has a provision stating that you can run it in a virtual machine on the same computer it was originally licensed with.
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