I just found this by chance and I haven’t checked on the net for an explanation to this.
I have a VM with Windows 7 operating system. The VM image was created using VMWare Workstation and it is already working in my host machine with a licensed serial key. I have to move the image from my laptop to another machine that will host the image. So, I copied the image files to the new machine and opened the VM there. On first load of the VM, you will be shown a dialog box saying “The virtual machine may have been moved or copied.”
I have been ignoring this for the longest time ever since I started using VMWare. I have been wondering the sense behind this until I ran into activation errors in Windows 7.
When I selected the “I copied it” option and clicked OK, the VM loaded but Windows 7 complained that it must be activated and you’ll see a note at the bottom right portion of the desktop saying that the OS is not genuine.
I copied the VM files again from my original source and overwrite the one in the new host machine. I did this because the dialog box did not show up when I shutdown and reloaded the VM again. When I selected the “I moved it”, the VM and Windows 7 loaded well with no complaints on the activation.
Have you encountered the same problem before? Do you know of an explanation to this?