Do you need a license for a Windows VM?

Like a physical machine, a virtual machine running any version of Microsoft Windows requires a valid license. Microsoft has provided a mechanism by which your organization can benefit from virtualization and save substantially on licensing costs.

Can VMware run on Windows 8?

VMware Player is a simple way to run multiple operating systems in your system at the same time. The VMware Player supports Windows 8 as a guest operating system.

Does Windows 8.1 support virtualization?

Windows 8 is the first Windows client operating system to include hardware virtualization support without the need for separate downloads or installs. This feature in Windows 8 is called Client Hyper-V.

Can I use a Windows OEM license on a VM?

You can install OEM software in a virtual environment as long as you have a separate license for each instance of the software. It is fine to use the OEM version as long as it is properly licensed. To be clear, a separate version of the software must be installed for both the “standard” and “virtual” installations.

Which version of VMware is compatible with Windows 8?

You can use Windows 8 with the supported Horizon Client and Agent versions as long as Horizon 7 is still supported.

Does Windows 8.1 support Type 2 hypervisors?

Hardware Requirements Because Windows 8 uses a true type 1 hypervisor, the physical PC must support hardware level virtualization. As long as the underlying hardware is 64-bit capable, you can actually running a 32-bit edition of Windows 8 as the host operating system.

How do I enable visualization in Windows 8?


  1. In Control Panel, tap or click Programs, and then tap or click Programs and Features.
  2. Tap or click Turn Windows Features on or off.
  3. Select Hyper‑V, tap or click OK, and then tap or click Close.
  4. Shut down your PC, and then restart it.

Can you use Windows OEM license on virtual machine?

If you want to use the software on more than one virtual computer, you must obtain separate copies of the software and a separate license for each copy. If you are installing Ubuntu as the physical OS and the device came with an OEM Windows 8 Pro license – then yes, you can use that license in a VM locally on the device.

Where can I find Microsoft license terms agreement for virtual machine?

Microsoft told you the answer. Get yourself (at least) a retail version of Windows and use that key on your VM. This person is a verified professional. Verify your account to enable IT peers to see that you are a professional. Where can I find Microsoft License Terms Agreement for OEM edition? I found this on the Microsoft website:

Is it possible to license Windows 10 for virtualization?

The Microsoft Cloud Provider (CSP) agreement now includes a Windows 10 per-user license option with virtualization use rights. With the Windows per-user licensing options in both Volume Licensing and CSP, you can now also have a “qualified multitenant hosting provider” host your Windows 10 virtual machines on your behalf.

Can a retail license be used on a VM?

Technically this is where Retail (FPP) licenses come into play. A full Windows OS Retail license can be used on a new build or can be purchased to run in a VM locally on a device. The same rules apply for remote access – meaning only the single primary user can access.