"John North" <JohnNorth@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I want to try a different operating system and office suite in Virtual PC
> 2007, which I have just downloaded from the Microsoft site. If I decide I
> like the operating system can I install it as my "proper" OS without
> with activation and/or validation.
Yes you can but, obviously, you still need your "proper" OS to boot your PC
and launch VPC first... :-)
> What I'm trying to do is evaluate Office 2007
VPC is perfect for software evaluation - almost designed specifically for
it, you might say...
Vista and Office 2007 will work perfectly in a virtual machine. A couple of
1) A virtual machine is considered the same as a physical machine in terms
of licensing - so you'll need a separate licence for Vista and a separate
licence for Office 2007. However, if you were to sign up for Technet or
MSDN, you could install the software on as many virtual machines as you like
so long as it was for development, testing or demonstration purposes - you
would be covered under this because you'd be developing your training course
2) A virtual machine needs as much RAM as a physical machine - Vista with
Office 2007 needs at least 1GB RAM to run anything like efficiently, though
others disagree. Also, however much RAM you allocate to your virtual
machine(s) reduces the amount of RAM available to your host, so make sure
your host has got plenty...
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