said by IamGimli:And you come to a full stop at every stop sign too said by dellsweig:
I think I will most likely give it a shot.... As for the legal side - everything I have is fully licensed - no matter if its software or media....
Actually that statement is no longer true. Your Windows virtual machine is NOT legally licensed.
said by dellsweig:
I will sleep well at night as if this works, the physical windows box will be reformatted and running Linux - only one copy of the licensed OS will be running
Number of copies is only one of many elements of licensing. Your OEM license only allows you to run Windows on the hardware it was purchased on. Since you are not running Windows on that same hardware platform, as per your licensing agreement, you are not legally licensed to run Windows.
You can justify your pirating however you like. It doesn't change the fact that you are not licensed to run Windows in that virtual machine.
If you want to be legal, keep Windows on the hardware box and run linux in the virtual machine.