This licensing brief is an overview of the Microsoft Volume Licensing use rights for the Windows 8 operating system when running within virtual machines.
The licensing covered in this brief is described in the context of Software Assurance for Windows and the Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) subscription license under Microsoft Volume Licensing. For use rights provided with Windows preinstalled by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or purchased through other channels, review the license terms that accompany those products.
Licensing Windows Desktop OS for Virtual Machines (PDF, 314 KB)
Was this information useful?
E-mail this page
Thanks for responding. Your feedback helps us improve the site.
Find answers to the most common Microsoft product licensing inquiries from customers like you.
Locate use rights, points by program, and special notes for individual products and supporting documents related to Volume Licensing.
Review this scenario-based guide to help you understand how Microsoft licensing models apply to common IT solutions.
Get activation instructions including which products require a key.