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#1 MalwareMutilator

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 05:57 PM

Hi everyone, 
 
I recently purchased Windows 7 Professional to do a fresh install on a computer that was running Vista.   Everything worked great.  Now, however, I am wondering if the following is possible or allowed:
 
I have another computer running XP.  It is an older machine so I do not know how well (if at all) Windows 7 would run on it.  So, could I install a Virtual Machine on the XP computer and use my new Windows 7 disk to temporarily test run the computer?  I do not want to purchase another Windows 7 package until I can try it on that machine.  Will it work, or will that somehow void my other installation?
 
Thanks for your help.  :thumbup2:


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 06:01 PM

Hi MalwareMutilator :)

Yes, it's possible to use the Windows 7 Professional disc to test the OS in a VM. It'll give you 30 days before you have to enter a licence, but even there, you wouldn't need to enter one. I have a better idea. Why don't you tell me your other computer's specs, and it's brand and model, then I'll tell you if you can install Windows 7 on it? :) What we are looking at here is if that machine have the minimum recommended specs to handle Windows 7, and also if there's driver support for at least Windows Vista on it. Can you do that?

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 06:13 PM

Hi Aura,
 
Thanks for your help.  The XP computer easily passes the Windows Readiness Tool test, and I am somewhat certain I would not have too many issues.  Still, I do not want to spend another $120.00 without seeing it run.  I do not like surprises.   :rolleyes:
 
Thanks again.  Your answer helps a lot!   :thumbup2:
 
If you still feel you should see the specs, I can post a Speccy report.


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 06:18 PM

If you can post a Speccy report, along with the brand and model of the computer, it would help a lot yes :)

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