I installed an internet-purchased Windows 8 license ($40) in VMWare Player when it first came out because I wasn't sure I wanted to move from Windows 7. Now, I want to install Windows 8 on the main partition (C: drive). How do I transfer the licence from the VMWare installation to the actual computer? I want to delete the VMWare installation, but I am wary of doing so, until I have solved the issue that Microsoft indicates exists - that I have used the licence elsewhere.
This shouldn't be a problem- retail keys can be transferred.
Install Windows 8 on your PC, then activate it using that license key.
If it doesn't work because it's already been used on your VM, call Microsoft and attempt a telephone activation. If that doesn't work, speak with a Microsoft rep, and explain your situation to them, and they should give you another key to use.
Finally, once you have successfully activated your PC, you can delete the virtual machine.