Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Let's suppose I purchase a Windows 7 64-bit system builder license for a particular machine. Sometime next year (or the year after that) when Windows 8 comes out, I'd like to install it on the same machine, replacing Windows 7.

Will I be allowed to install the Windows 7 system builder in VirtualBox running on this same machine?

I've seen various folks on the net claim that if I need to transfer my system builder license I can call Microsoft to do so.

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

System Builder is an OEM license. OEM Licenses are not allowed to run in a Virtual Machine. This is in the license agreement. If you want to run (or be able to transfer) a license to a virtual machine, you will need to purchase a retail license (or if you're a business, you can purchase a volume license).

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.