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Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by Juelz, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

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    Is there away I can virtually use windows 7 on my windows8 laptop? I just want to try it out as I may study for an MTA but sucky thing is that I dont have access to windows 7 and Im not prepared to downgrade my laptop to windows 7 just for that sooo.. can this be done and if so how?
     
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  2. dmarsh

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    Just use VirtualBox or Vmware Workstation/Player. Alternatively you could dual boot.
     
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    Yeah, I use VMWare Player - It's free!
     
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  5. Juelz

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    so if I download this.. it'll allow me to use windows 7?
     
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    Yes, I would perhaps also look at the idea of dual booting to a vhd instead, that way you're not worrying about installing various networking adapters and getting confused with them and if you want to get rid of the vhd you can do it fairly easily.

    More information can be found at Dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 using a VHD - TechRepublic
     
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  7. GSteer

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    The items we've mentioned Juelz all allow you to either run Windows 7 virtually or, as Simon has suggested, dual booting to a VHD, but you will still need a legal and usable Windows 7 license to install and run the OS, none of the solutions provide Windows 7. You could use the methods for testing other OS's too, again as long as you have the install media and correct licenses.
     
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  8. RichyV

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    There is always an 'Enterprise' download version available, completely free and legal without a license, from the MS TechNet sight.

    BUT, it will only work for 90 days before needing to be reinstalled and, as far as I know, it is always only the latest client that is available. Which would currently be Windows 8, unfortunately.
     
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