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 PostPost subject: Emulating a Dell BIOS on Vmware Workstation 6.5        Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:53 pm 
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Hey, I want to test out some system file modifications on VMWare 6.5.1, but I want to use my OEM disk to install it on VMWare, how would I go about emulating a dell BIOS on Vmware so it activates Windows XP. And yeah, I know I could just let the 30 day period go by, but I want to install it one time and then make a copy of the image so I can't start out clean on that image if I need to, I don't want to have to go through the installation process again.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Emulating a Dell BIOS on Vmware Workstation 6.5        Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:51 am 
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nookupeous wrote:
Hey, I want to test out some system file modifications on VMWare 6.5.1, but I want to use my OEM disk to install it on VMWare, how would I go about emulating a dell BIOS on Vmware so it activates Windows XP. And yeah, I know I could just let the 30 day period go by, but I want to install it one time and then make a copy of the image so I can't start out clean on that image if I need to, I don't want to have to go through the installation process again.

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IT CAN'T BE DONE.

OEM disks check for the motherboard version and the BIOS, not only the BIOS and you cant replace the VMWare BIOS.

And for a replacement, just use an XP VLK CD.
Dell doesn't have anything in Windows XP modified but only a link to the help section of them (1 folder and 3 files, about 50KB total) and nothing more.

VMWare uses 1 motherboard (an intel i440) and on that you're real CPU.
You should really check the VMWare manual first.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Emulating a Dell BIOS on Vmware Workstation 6.5        Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:09 pm 
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You can try to hack it by yourself,
afaik VMWare use a Phoenix-Bios
http://forums.mydigitallife.info/showpo ... ostcount=4
the Dell Oem-ID must be to find somewhere in that Forum


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 PostPost subject: Re: Emulating a Dell BIOS on Vmware Workstation 6.5        Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:35 pm 
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It is probably a lot simpler to get hold of a *cough naughty cough* copy of XP and use AntiWPA on it. Using OEM software on any setup other than what it was designed for is illegal anyway, and it is a lot easier to do it using the method that I proposed than by using Bios emulation.

But yeah, XP generates a hardware hash from all your computer's hardware for activation, so a bios emulation would probably not cut the mustard anyway

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