Relevant quote from that thread:
Still waiting on Microsoft to respond on the product activation crud. The last time they called they stated â€œMicrosoft will not support VMware running on Linuxâ€. When I told the support person that VMware and Linux are completely irrelevant to the problem (problem is that product activation hinders the use of multiple hardware profiles) and that if they donâ€™t believe that, then they arenâ€™t understanding the problem. The individual said he would speak to his â€œmentorâ€ about it and get back to me. That was over a week ago.
I think the only way that Microsoft is going to do something about this is if many people call and complain about it. So, everyone, call and tell Microsoft this is a problem. I do not have free support, and Microsoft has not charged me for support on this issue. So, Iâ€™ll quote myself from an earlier post:
â€œI highly encourage anyone else who runs into this to open your own case with Microsoft. Their support number is 1-800-936-5700. Tell them that your computer is consistently requiring you to re-activate it. This support number takes you to Microsoftâ€™s fee-based support, however, take the time to very politely explain the problem in detail and you wonâ€™t be required to pay a support fee. Make sure they understand that the problem is with Windows product activation only â€“ and not a problem with VMware. Make sure they know that Windows is operating perfectly when booted natively and when booted within VMware â€“ except for the product re-activation requirement.â€
Iâ€™ve had a very hard time explaining the concept of a single install of Windows booted both natively and in VMware to the support people. I donâ€™t think the support folks Iâ€™m talking to really get it. So, be patient and friendly, but firm. If they try and close the case without resolution, tell them that they have not provided you with a satisfactory solution and insist that they escalate the issue. They will likely keep telling you over and over how product activation is intended to work and why it is doing what it is doing. Tell them that you understand that, but that product activation is designed to prevent illegitimate use of Windows, that you are running Windows in a legal manner, and that product activation is hindering your legal use of Windows. Let them know that you feel this is a defect in the design of product activation.