For background info, see this thread.
I just now realized . . . the VM I'm running on this machine is from a Windows OEM CD I got with this machine.
When I get my new machine (this week), it will only have Ubuntu on it (8.10 preinstalled - Dell does it). (Interestingly, getting a machine with Windows preinstalled costs about a hundred bucks more.)
So . . . and this is the part that just now dawned on me . . . I won't have a licensed CD copy of Windows with the new machine.
Now I DO have the OEM CD I got with this machine, and as I said I used it to install Windows on the VM. But as I understand it, OEM CD's balk at installing when there's a significant change in hardware. IOW, it will see a big difference in the hardware on the new machine.
I have no idea if running on a VM it will detect machine hardware. If not, then I am safe. If it does balk however, then I'm going to have to go out and purchase a licensed CD I guess.
I think I remember I downloaded an SP3 iso from Microsoft (it was not just a patch, but the entire OS), and it wouldn't install in the VM (SunVirtualBox takes iso's in addition to burned CD's). The only thing that worked was my OEM CD . . . SP1-a (thank God for broadband, or else I would have been days getting all the security patches and updates). My memory is foggy on all that I did, but I know the only way I could get a VM with Windows up and running was with the use of my OEM CD.
So, am I going to have trouble setting up this VM? WINE is looking better and better.