Great tool... However... most of the computers I work on are individual/smb (OEM) machines store bought ie DELL HP etc..... requiring immediate re-activation. I have found so far that only Volume Licensed machines work well... and are easiest to view.
It is a royal pain... I use Encase for my forensic analysis... and would love a simple way to get by the activation process so I can examine all the suspect machines more efficiently...
Is there a magic bullet out there that will temporarily suspend the activation process while viewing a virtualized machine?
The only way around this issue is to Clone the mounted machine and do a repair/windows re-install with a Volume License Disk.... eating up more time....
Ronald A. Kramer MCSE, ASE
All Computer Solutions, Inc
100 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
Yes, the activation requirement can be a significant obstacle for interacting with virtualized OEM installs. We'd be happy to hear of ideas for a solution that doesn't fall afoul of DMCA and related laws.
In the meantime, there are a couple of alternatives (both have there own limitations) in addition to those that you noted.
One is to boot the system in Safe Mode, which apparently bypasses/suspends the activation process. Another is to activate the virtualized system using the offline process provided by Microsoft (an automated telephone service) -- of course, you'll want to make sure that you remain compliant with applicable laws and Microsoft's license terms.
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