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Windows 7: Dual Boot Win7-Productive & Win7-Test

14 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Dual Boot Win7-Productive & Win7-Test

Hi all,

I've read the great tutorials for many dual boot options.
Though I am missing one (at least I have not found it).
I am seeking advice about installing 2 versions of Windows 7 possibly on one disk to boot from with the bootmanager.
One version for productive use and the other version sort of as a sandbox to play and try apps and things.
Is there a tutorial or advice how to set up such a dual boot environment using the same Windows 7 license?
Thanks for mentioning helpful hints, tips, tricks and traps.

PS: also thanks a ton to the many really helpful tutorials - great forum!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Mar 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


It would be the same as this: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

You will likely need a separate license to do what you want. But you can try it for 30 days to see if you want to keep it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional

Aha, that easy, thanks.

Well, almost.

In order to have to 2 validated versions of Windows 7 using one license only, I installed the Windows 7 testing environment on a separate disk.

Then to select the desired OS version to boot (productive or test) I am using the BIOS boot option F8 instead (ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe).

Also a very easy solution with the advantage to use one license.
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