[ltp] Installing from Recovery CDs in VirtualBox

Micha Feigin linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 01:10:36 +0300

On Tue, 09 Jun 2009 23:33:33 +0100
Richard Neill <rn214@hermes.cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> Micha Feigin wrote:
> > On Sat, 30 May 2009 19:18:33 +0200
> > Michael Gaber <Michael.Gaber@gmx.net> wrote:
> > 
> >> Yves-Alexis Perez schrieb:
> >>> On sam, 2009-05-30 at 13:06 -0500, Jeffrey L. Taylor wrote:
> >>>> Has anyone installed from the Recovery CDs?  Or if not, restored the recovery
> >>>> partition (and possibly the OS), then built an installation CD (perhaps with
> >>>> BartPE) that worked with VirtualBox?
> >>> I don't think that would be possible, and I don't think the Windows
> >>> license for your Thinkpad would allow you that.
> >>>
> >>> Cheers,
> >> i don't see why installing the XP you own inside a VM should not be 
> >> allowed as long as you don't install it inside a vm that is running on a 
> >> system using the same serial
> >>
> > 
> > Because the xp you own (assuming that it came with the machine) is an oem copy
> > that you are not allowed to transfer to another computer. I don't know if a
> > virtual machine counts as another computer and wether installing it twice, once
> > by itself and once inside a virtaul machine counts as two installs though.
> I think you're allowed to install in a VM, as long as you remove the 
> original install. If the VM is running on your actual OEM hardware, that 

IANAL but you should read the EULA carefully and it's probably open to

> should be fine. Also, you'd be better to take an existing XP CD, and 
> just use your own product key with it - the recovery CDs usually restore 
> your system to how IBM ship it, whereas for a VM, you probably want a 
> very generic install.

Although take note that there are several kinds of installs and you need to
make sure that you key works with the generic cd you took. I don't know the
exact specifics, but I did have issues. I don't think that an oem key will work
with a standard intall, a standard key with a corporate intall, etc.

> Also, I think VMWare have a tool for taking a physical machine and 
> virtualising it.

This can be touch and go, milage will vary, and at least supposadly windows
will want a reactivation as the hardware has changed (I know that it is very
problematic to use the same partition for a standard boot and a virtual boot at
the same time)

> Richard