Windows Vista not allowed under virtualization

Windows Vista

According to Windows Vista license terms published by Microsoft, and reported by AppleInsider. Microsoft Vista Home Basic and Home Premium are not allowed to be installed under virtualization such as Parallels Desktop.

Under the section of "Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic" and "Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium" (both page 11 of the PDF file), it says

USE WITH VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGIES. You may not use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system.

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However, in page 13 of the license terms, which is under "Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate", using Windows Vista Ultimate under virtualization environment is allowed.

6. USE WITH VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGIES. You may use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system on the licensed device. If you do so, you may not play or access content or use applications protected by any Microsoft digital, information or enterprise rights management technology or other Microsoft rights management services or use BitLocker. We advise against playing or accessing content or using applications protected by other digital, information or enterprise rights management technology or other rights management services or using full volume disk drive encryption.

Microsoft allows users to run Vista Ultimate under virtualization environment, but not Vista Home Basic or Home Premiere.

As reported earlier, Windows Vista will be very expensive, at US$ 399; the cheaper alternatives of Vista does not allow to be installed under virtualization environment according to the license.

Parallels Desktop for Mac adds support of Windows Vista last month.

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Posted by Antony at October 24, 2006 3:33 PM

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