"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
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).
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.