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I've been trying to figure out what license I need for Windows7 in order to run the same instance both on HW and in a VM. Apparently it's not an OEM license ;)

NB Yes, I'm installing Windows just one single time, I just happen to want to boot it in two different ways.

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Microsoft Link:

https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/briefs/win8-virtual.aspx

Basically one way:

Cover it under Software Assurance

You can enable rights using other methods VDA subscription or CSL subscription, but cost prohibitive.

Link to the SA site: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/software-assurance/default.aspx#tab=2

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Ah, that's what I feared, I have to upgrade myself to a multi-million-dollar company first, then I can use my computer the way I'd like. Well, well, I already knew that licenses tend to suck. Thanks for helping me find this out. –  Magnus Apr 30 at 7:31

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