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Old 01. Mar 2015, 12:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I've never used Virtualbox before, but am wanting to try it. Can you point me to a good tutorial on how to use it? A document is fine, but a video would be even better.

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@ kendall: This one should do:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dbblu_HVROk
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That helps a lot. However, where do you get your iso's to use? I don't have an issue with finding Linux iso's to use or try. I more wondering about Windows iso's.

I'm sure that somewhere I have a license for XP, Win 7, and I have an existing Win 8.1 machine. Can you use your existing Win 8 license to set up a virtualbox drive of Win 8? The idea for me is to try things out in a system that as close to my "real" system as possible in a virtual system?!

Hope that makes sense...
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Old 02. Mar 2015, 03:21 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Windows ISO can be downloaded by Googling Windows X Digital River.

Your existing license can only be used in one machine unless it is specifically for mass deployment.
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My question is can I build a Windows 8.1 virtualbox virtual machine with my existing Windows 8.1 license on the same machine or is that a violation of the license agreement with Microsoft?
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My question is can I build a Windows 8.1 virtualbox virtual machine with my existing Windows 8.1 license on the same machine or is that a violation of the license agreement with Microsoft?
Over the years, Microsoft licensing of Windows has been so arcane and illogical that even Microsoft employees did not understand it. For a long time Microsoft said that installing Windows on a virtual machine was the same as installing on a separate PC and insisted that you needed a second license. It is my understanding that with Windows 8, Microsoft finally recognized reality and began to allow VM installation with the same license as the host system. That is, if you have a full Windows license. OEM licenses are something else and they probably do not work but I am not sure. I have only tried installing on a VM with a fullly licensed version. See this reference.

Added: Note that this article says you need a second license. Maybe Remah or someone who works in the industry knows.
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Windows ISO can be downloaded by Googling Windows X Digital River.
Unless I am mistaken, that is no longer possible for Windows 7. Downloads on Digital River have been taken down.
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Old 02. Mar 2015, 05:59 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Thank you, but the Microsoft link/website that the link you posed refers to yields the following:

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Server Error in '/' Application.
Instances cannot be resolved and nested lifetimes cannot be created from this LifetimeScope as it has already been disposed.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.ObjectDisposedException: Instances cannot be resolved and nested lifetimes cannot be created from this LifetimeScope as it has already been disposed.

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An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.
The website http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery is currently not functioning.
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