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Windows 7: VM or dual boot?

03 Nov 2015   #21
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

That's a good point David, another instance when you probably don't want to use a VM is if you are gaming. Games don't do well in a VM since the emulator often causes too much of a performance hit.


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03 Nov 2015   #22
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

but Havoc just wants to learn the OS so he`ll be fine
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03 Nov 2015   #23
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
That's a good point David, another instance when you probably don't want to use a VM is if you are gaming. Games don't do well in a VM since the emulator often causes too much of a performance hit.
I wouldn't try running modern games on a VM.

I have an XP VM with all of my old games on it (e.g. Civilization 3) and they run OK.
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03 Nov 2015   #24
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

AddRAM is correct. I just want to learn about 8.1 and/or 10 in case somebody asks me to fix their computer and they have one or the other installed. I have experience with XP, Vista and Seven. 8.1 and 10 are foreign to me.

My gaming computer will have Seven installed for the foreseeable future. My games are too important.

I will still need to buy 10, won't I? Are the Preview versions (or whatever they are called) still available? I could download the ISO, but then there is the matter of activating it. I will not be using my current key for Windows 7 Pro to upgrade to 10 in a VM.
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03 Nov 2015   #25
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
I'm going to have to buy a copy of 8.1 and 10 if I plan to run them in a VM, correct?
Yes, you will need to buy licenses if you want to run them "indefinitely" in a VM or dual boot.

You can test drive them with a 90 day free license so you can decide if you want to use them permanently in a VM, or would prefer a bare-metal install (multi-boot).

I used the 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation license, and it served my needs to decide if i wanted to transfer my 8.1 license from my test box to my primary box, run it as a VM vs. multi-boot, etc.

This is completely legal, no hacking, pirating. etc.
You do need to register and sign in with a MS account for this.
MS will know you downloaded these, and i did get some emails from MS with "Tips, questions" etc. for the using the evaluation version, i don't have a problem with that.

Read more here:
Try Windows 8.1 Enterprise | TechNet Evaluation Center

I don't know how licensing works if you purchase an OEM license, use it in a VM and later decide you want to use it for a bare-metal install.
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04 Nov 2015   #26
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Downloaded the ISO (from the tutorial), a full version which I think I need a product key for and an insider preview version.

I think I'll still go to the store and buy a copy of Windows 10 Pro. Will I need 8.1 or is 10 similar to 8.1?

I did buy a Windows 10 "the missing manual" book.

Having a fast internet connection is very nice
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04 Nov 2015   #27
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Well win-10 Insiders program is still going on so all you need to do is join for free
All that is required is to use a M$ account as login
Windows Insider Program | Windows Blog

8-8.1 you would need to buy.
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04 Nov 2015   #28
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I'd also have to find out what people are talking about when it comes to privacy. Or are they blowing it out of proportion?
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04 Nov 2015   #29
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

From what I understand most of the privacy stuff applies to using a M$ account and all of the available M$ services.
Anything else is no different than CEIP customers experience improvements program I believe it's called :/

But there are some keyloggers that are disturbing but apply to CEIP too
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04 Nov 2015   #30
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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