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What problems have you faced when registering and activating Windows XP under VirtualBox or similar?

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The standard XP activation rules apply (Ars Technica had an article on XP activation rules back-in-the-day). The best thing to do is to set up your virtual machine as required (RAM, main HDD) before activation, then create a snapshot of it; for any subsequent changes (eg, extra disks), revert to that snapshot.

If VirtualBox supports any differencing mechanisms, utilise those, too.

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No full DirectX support.

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I thought the latest versions of VirtualBox (and VMware) supported hardware acceleration now? – moobaa Jul 16 '09 at 0:59
Not DX10 and its still loosely emulated, no full support. – Daniel A. White Jul 16 '09 at 1:03
Before your comment it had never occurred to me the idea of even wanting DX10 on a VM... And given that I don't use it even on real hardware ... well, let's say that isn't a concern, for me . – voyager Jul 16 '09 at 1:07
Ah - I'd not thought of DX10. But, like voyager, I've no reason to :} – moobaa Jul 16 '09 at 1:15
DX10 is Vista-only anyway, so a moot point for XP in a VM ... – Joey Aug 8 '09 at 11:32

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