I have a never used sealed copy of Win 7 OEM install disk and I was wondering if I could partition my hard drive and install that OEM copy of Win 7 (Home Premium) along side in a dual boot configuration with an already existing Win 7 O/S that originally came with the computer I purchased about 4 years ago. The original Win 7 is a legit copy complete with license key.
I have enough disk space to install the OEM copy on a separate partition on the same drive as the original Win 7 copy.
My question is two fold: (1) Can this be done and (2) is this legit ?
Many years ago I did a quad boot of XP using 2 hard drives and 4 different partitions that worked well. The only difference is that the media I used were 4 different NON OEM copies of XP. You may ask - why did I do this in the first place. My reasoning, at the time, was that (1) I wanted to do it; (2) I had the available disks (3) I had the money to do it!
Part of my reasoning to do a dual boot on this machine is that I want to keep my existing copy of Win 7 since on it are things I cannot replace due to lost license keys of installed software, Lost ExE install disks of installed software or both.
I could reinstall the original O/S with the media enclosed with the computer OR using the OEM install disks and NOT creating a dual boot.
I do not like the media that came with the computer. I used it once and found out that I had to separately install key drivers to make the install function and (2) the install created a super large folder called "old windows" which if removed would give me the dialog that my install of Win 7 was not valid. I had to put the old windows folder back in to keep my install "legit". I thought i was doing a clean wipe of the O/S at the time and if so this should never have happened in the first place.
Also - when I did the install mentioned above years ago using the quad boot I didn't use a boot manager and instead Windows created the dual boot on its own without using a separate booting software.
I do have a 2nd computer that I occasionally use when for some reason I have problems with my main one. It does not need anything done to it but it is merely a back up or in case the original computer becomes totally unusable.
I would do this differently if I had the money but I am a 72 year old senior citizen who is living at the poverty level with an adjusted gross income of $10,060. I cannot borrow money to do this since I was forced into filing bankruptcy in 2009 in order to keep my apartment after the death of my late 92 year old father.
I would appreciate your comments on this matter.