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Microsoft Allows Users To Run On A Virtual Machine

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4:55 pm on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft on Monday changed its mind again, saying it will allow users to run Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium as guest operating systems on a virtual machine. The news is especially welcome for Mac users who want to run the latest Windows version without having to pay an arm and a leg. Until now, Mac users and others wanting to run Vista virtually have had to fork over for the most expensive Business and Ultimate versions.

Microsoft Allows Users To Run On A Virtual Machine [news.com]

5:26 pm on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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In other news, Proctor and Gamble announced that it is now OK to squeeze the Charmin....
5:34 pm on Jan 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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That's like the smallest problem of Vista that makes sense only to maybe 0.1% of users, if that. Microsoft had before bad versions of OS: MS-DOS 4.0, Windows ME, now Vista. I use XP and it's great - the only reason to upgrade could have been DirectX 10 but it is barely supported and when supported the performance is just not there, there is absolutely no incentive to upgrade for me whatsoever.
12:20 am on Jan 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It has been reported that these OSs ran perfectly fine in a virtual PC to begin with. It's very possible that many people were running these versions virtually to begin with and MS just decided to make their licence reflect the reality of the situation.

Like the author of the article I was never really clear why these versions weren't licensed to run in virtual machines in the first place.

1:23 pm on Jan 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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One step at a time... instead of dual boot linux/windows, we can now have single boot linux with virtualised windows via Xen... legally.
 

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