[RndTbl] Windows activation on Linux VM host?

Kevin McGregor kevin.a.mcgregor at gmail.com
Thu Jan 21 08:42:11 CST 2021

Yes, this will work fine.

I'm assuming you will create a Windows VM on one Linux box (KVM,
VirtualBox, VMware, whatever), then install Windows 10 into that VM. When
Windows is installed and boots, it will get activated *in that VM image*,
which is 100% supported by Microsoft. Don't p2v. If this VM is stored on a
removable media, you would just shut down the VM, unplug the media, move it
physically to a different Linux host, plug it in, then boot the VM.

Windows will still think it's running on the same VM, *because it is*, and
thus not need reactivation.

If the two Linux hosts have different CPUs (keep the same manufacturer and
gen) you should have no problem. Everything else about the VM is
encapsulated - BIOS version, motherboard, devices, etc. The versions of the
virtualisation software should be the same or as similar as possible.
Obviously don't try to boot a VM on VirtualBox on one host and KVM on
another host.

On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 2:55 AM Trevor Cordes <trevor at tecnopolis.ca> wrote:

> Is it possible to run a virtual Windows (10) on a Linux host running
> something like virtualbox?  It has to be normal Win 10 Home or Pro though,
> no corporate licensing.
> I ask because I'm unsure how Windows activation (cursed be!) handles that
> situation.  I'd like to be able to run the same host image on 2 different
> boxes (but not at the same time) and not have it moan about activation.
> So I guess the question is more this: does the VM hide/abstract the
> hardware enough from Windows to have it think it hasn't changed boxes?
> (The idea is a portable drive with the VM on it would travel between 2
> locations which are never used simultaneously.  Each location would have
> an identical Linux box.  Don't ask why; suffice it to say that speed is
> paramount and cloud or net access or remote access won't cut it.  Lugging
> the entire box is not an option.  Laptop is a very sub-par option.)
> Thanks!
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