Paragon Knowledge Base System Last Edit: 27.08.2010
ID 6818:   Why Windows requires activation after P2V migration?

Q: I created a virtual machine out of my Windwos system with Paragon P2V wizard. When I run this virtual machine it prompts a message requesting to activate Windows. Why do I need to activate again?

A: Windows activation is required after migration to virtual environment, because it is similar to migration to new hardware.

As virtualization requires installation of many new 'virtual' devices and drivers, according to Microsoft licensing  policy re-activation is needed if new devices limitation is exceeded.

For more information please refer to appropriate Microsoft links below:


General information
section "Product Activation keeps users from changing or upgrading their hardware."
[...] If the hardware is substantially different, then reactivation is required. If it is the same or similar, then  the software will continue to work. Those who upgrade their PC's hardware substantially may be asked to  reactivate.[...]


Windows XP
section "Modifications to hardware and how they affect the activation status of Windows XP"
[...] If it detects that the hardware is "substantially different", reactivation is required.[...]


Windows Vista
section "What hardware changes may require re-activation?"
# If you acquired Windows Vista via retail purchase (boxed product) or pre-installed on a computer from a local  computer vendor, Windows Vista will require re-activation if you, for example:
    * Replace the hard disk drive and memory at the same time.
    * Replace the motherboard.
# If you acquired Windows Vista pre-installed on a computer from a major manufacturer (sometimes referred to as an  Original Equipment Manufacturer or OEM), Windows Vista will require re-activation if you replace the motherboard  with a motherboard not provided by the OEM. [...]


Windows 7
[...] Periodically, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 check the hardware configuration of the computer on which  the operating system is installed. If the operating system detects that the hardware has changed substantially,  reactivation is required.[...]

Covered Products :
1Hard Disk (Festplatten) Manager for Virtual Server,    2010 Professional Edition
2Virtualization Manager 2010 Corporate Edition,    2010 Professional Edition,    2010 Consumer Edition
3Drive Copy 10 Server Edition,    10 Personal Edition
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