Linux – is it I can’t use the Windows installation both as a host and a guest

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I have Linux installed on my harddrive, sometimes I run it as the host operating system and sometimes run it as a guest in Windows using VirtualBox. It's a nice ability, I think.

I don't think it's possible with Windows though. Is it because your average distribution includes drivers for everything known to man? Are devices/drivers configured statically in Windows so when somethings changed it breaks?

Best Answer

Yes, Windows ties itself to a particular hardware configuration. It's mostly an anti-piracy thing, though -- you could always install the necessary drivers for Windows to run in VirtualBox, but Windows will scream about needing to reactivate itself every time you switch between the two.