XP and Vista question

Joe Lewis Wilkins pepetoo at Cox.Net
Sat Mar 3 11:12:39 CST 2007


Good morning, Jim,

Obviously, whatever makes them the most money and their customers the  
most discomfort. (smile)

Joe Wilkins

On Mar 3, 2007, at 8:24 AM, Jim Ault wrote:

> Microsoft owns, sells and ships VirtualPC that includes a copy of  
> XP.  How
> can they say you are not allowed to run it with Vista ( as a licensee,
> owner, renter, whatever..) ?
>
> Is their exclusion principle that you can only run it with their
> virtualization software?  Or only the high-end Vista products?
>
> Jim Ault
> Las Vegas
>
> On 3/3/07 1:58 AM, "Dave Cragg" <dave.cragg at lacscentre.co.uk> wrote:
>
>> Hi
>>
>> One for the lawyers...
>>
>> I read a lot about this restriction of using some editions of Vista
>> with virtual systems, but is it absolutely clear this use is
>> restricted? The following is the sentence from the EULA that I have
>> seen quoted in many places:
>>
>>
>> “USE WITH VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGIES. You may not use the software
>> installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise
>> emulated) hardware system.”
>>
>> I've never seen this placed in the wider context of the entire
>> license, but I wonder what the phrase "licensed device" refers to. Is
>> the device in this case the disk that contains Vista? If so, then it
>> seems clear you can't use it on a virtual system (legal challenges
>> notwithstanding). But the wording sounds to me more like an OEM
>> license, where "licensed device" is the computer you bought which
>> already had Vista installed. In that case, I don't think it's so
>> different from existing OEM licensing of Windows.
>>
>> Can anyone clear this up?
>
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