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  1. I purchased a workstation from Dell, OptiPlex 740, that came with Windows Vista Business 32-bit that I have intended on using as a test machine in our office. I formatted the drive, installed Linux and installed VMWare. I then installed Windows Vista Business from the CD that came with the machine but I have licensing problems. The license is being rejected, I'm guessing because VMWare has its own BIOS so Windows doesn't recognize it as an OEM machine. I tried activating it online but it failed so then I tried calling the phone number and successfully activated it using the phone option. However, silly me forgot that Vista needs to re-activate every few months so now it is deactivated again. I really don't want to call up Microsoft everytime to re-active, especially if we plan on buying more licenses. I tried using the following option in VMWare but it didn't help any: SMBIOS.reflectHost = "TRUE" I've done a bit of research on the subject and the only useful information I could find was using this option in VMWare: bios440.filename = ... Apparently this option lets you load a special BIOS, one that could emulate the OEM SLIC that VMWare is missing. So I exported the BIOS on the machine and tried using this but it doesn't work. I guess VMWare needs a special BIOS because the size is wrong. BIOS "OptiPlex740.rom" has unexpected file size... Has anyone gotten the OEM installs working on VMWare? Whats the magic trick to solve this problem?
  2. If you have specific registry keys in [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU] the Automatic Update screen will be grayed out. The settings for AU are actually saved in [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update]. I hope that helps!


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