Adding dual boot Windows 7 to Windows 10 PC

I bought a Lenovo Yoga 3 with a 256gb hard drive. It comes with Windows 10 on it, but I need Windows 7 for work. I have choice of wiping the drive and installing 7 or installing Windows 7 as a dual boot additional OS in another partition.  I know I can install a dual boot Windows 10 on any machine with 7 already installed and it will automatically create a dual boot menu, but does it work the same way if I try to install 7 on a 10 machine? If not, is there any known issue with wiping it and installing just 7? Also, would 256gb be sufficient space for the two partitions?  Thanks for the help.
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rindiCommented:
Why don't you install Windows 7 as a VM? Windows 10 Pro includes Hyper-v, you would just have to add the feature via control panel, programs and features.

If you are using Windows 10 home, you can use VirtualBox and install Windows 7 within that.

If you really need Dual boot, first just reduce the size of your partitions so you have space available for Windows 7, then boot your Windows 7 DVD and install it to that new partition. The boot manager of Windows 7 will get installed and you'll have both, Windows 7 and 10 in your boot menu. Should something not work as expected, you can also add EasyBCD and use that tool to add Windows 10 to the boot menu.

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PCGenieLAAuthor Commented:
Thanks Rindi. What exactly are the advantages of using a virtual machine over a dual boot?
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rindiCommented:
You can run both OS's simultaneously. You don't have to reboot to change your OS.
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PCGenieLAAuthor Commented:
Thanks Rindi. Very helpful.
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