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I really enjoyed reading the article on Virtual PC 2007 and how it allows you
to run other operating systems in a virtual machine on top of your host OS
such as the new Vista OS. In your article, you talk about still needing a
license, but after reading through everything in the article, I could not
see where it talked about cost. - David
It seems this statement confused several readers. Virtual PC itself is free
and you don't need a license for it to install it on your computer. But you
do need licenses for the operating systems you install, just as you would
if you were installing them on a separate physical machine. That's because
they function as separate computers, with their own names and IP addresses
and ability to access and be accessed on the network.
The cost of a license depends on the OS you install and where you buy it.
If you're a student or faculty member, you might be able to get good pricing
through your college bookstore or another academic outlet. Some operating systems,
such as some Linux distros, are free, so you can install these in a virtual
machine without buying a license. The bottom line is that, when it comes to
licensing, the requirements for installing in a VM are exactly the same as
the requirements for installing on any other computer.
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