[kwlug-disc] vmware questions

Chris Irwin chris at chrisirwin.ca
Sat Aug 1 00:05:31 EDT 2009

On Fri, 2009-07-31 at 14:05 -0400, unsolicited wrote:
> > There are always issues with Windows complaining about hardware changes,
> > but since you are running the VM on the same hardware as the physical
> > Windows, you might get away with it.

> You can't just boot back and forth between native and vm, Windows will
> want to add/remove hardware every time. e.g. Disk access to go through 
> native ide one way, and vm scsi driver the other.
> You end up creating a second hardware profile for vm, and choose the 
> appropriate one at boot time.

I have previously done this successfully with Windows XP. It gets
annoying selecting the profile all the time but it will save you a fair
amount of disk space (assuming you still need to boot Windows natively
for some reason).

> > If not, I'd call MS and insist
> > that they let you use your properly licensed copy of Windows on the
> > machine on which it is installed - VM or not.

Since microsoft eased up on the licensing restrictions around running
Vista "Home" versions in a VM, I'm sure they won't see a problem. The
sticky issue is switching back and forth as Windows probably dislikes
being activated on two different machine profiles at a time.

>  From what I read, to do what you want there is a specific order and 
> steps to go through, to keep Windows happy.

Isn't there always? :)

Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
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