We have received many emails and comments from our readers who shared various Registry tweaks to enable new hidden secret experimental features in Windows 10 as well as to disable new features and to bring back old features in Windows 10.
Instead of creating separate articles for all of them, we decided to put them together in this exclusive topic for your reading convenience.
to see the process if you are not interested in the background.
Background When I first setup my VMware Server to run an existing Windows Install from a physical partition, I was asked to reactivate Windows XP before I could use it as a guest OS.
The fact that a call to MS tech support will result in them telling you that you will need two copies of Windows when virtualizing shows a lack of understanding as well as a lack of a clear solution.
Even if you were to pay MS an additional 0 you would still be where you started if you are trying to virtualize a physical partition, you would just be out 0.
MS will try to tell you that virtualization requires two copies of Windows and that you are violating the EULA by virtualizing the same copy. You only installed Windows once, it’s all the same set of files, and you’re still technically running it on the same original hardware since you are using the same CPU, Mobo, HDD, RAM, NIC, etc.
I found myself experiencing the same problem others had mentioned; I would boot natively and be asked to reactivate, it would work fine until I booted the VM and was again asked to reactivate.The easiest way to do this is to setup a script that will be run when Windows boots: -Open Notepad -Copy and paste the following code: for /F "tokens=14" %%x in (network.tmp) do set vmware=%x del if defined vmware ( echo VMware copy C:\Windows\System32\vmware\wpa.* C:\Windows\System32 ) else ( echo Native Boot copy C:\Windows\System32\nativeboot\wpa.* C:\Windows\System32 )Add -Choose “activation.bat” as the script to add. Windows should now automatically choose the right WPA files and not require activation as you restart or change from physical to virtual hardware.Additional Thoughts Nevertheless, the fact that users need to go through this process to get their systems working is beyond stupid.Go ahead and reactivate your copy, this can be as simple as doing it through the web or going through a 10 minute phone call with Microsoft’s automated machine.Once Windows is activated: -Navigate to C:\Windows\System32 -Create a new folder and name it “nativeboot” -Copy and paste and from C:\Windows\System32 into the new “nativeboot” folder Step 2: Boot into Linux. You will be prompted to activate your copy of Windows.