"Burt Johnson" <Burt Johnson@xxxxxx> wrote:
> I've got Windows vista Enterprise via my volume licensing/software
> Supposedly this allows me to run as many instances of Vista as I want as
> virutal machines running on my Vista Enterprise host system. I want to
> an instance of Vista Home Basic as a virtual machine for testing purposes
> don't seem to have a product key that will work with it. I've got
> enterprise, and ultimate, but none of those work with Home Basic.
> What I'm trying to do seems to be legal under the licensing agreements so
> seems like there should be a way?
A Technet subscription does not include the home flavors of Vista, only the
business versions. See the charts at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb892756.aspx
If you have a current MSDN subscription you can get the product ID for all
flavors of Vista from the MSDN web site (a different key for each flavor).
Go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx
and enter your Passport credentials (or, if you've never registered your
subscription, create a Passport). Registering a subscription will require
the subscription ID and the exact name under which the subscription was
opened. If you need help, contact the Software Assurance benefits
administrator at your office and/or the software distributor through which
your volume license purchases are executed.
H'mmm...just now checked those links...Microsoft must have changed them in
the past day or so; they now refer to "Microsoft Live" rather than
If you have a current registered subscription, just go to the "Downloads"
page and click the "Product Keys" link for a complete list of all keys to
which you are entitled. Alternatively, go to the Vista download list,
locate the appropriate image (probably "Windows Vista with Service pack 1
(x86) - DVD (English)" and click the KEYS link.