How to install dual OS (win 7 and win 8) using the win 8 upgrade offer
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Could you please comment on my situation.
I have a laptop with Win XP Pro (SP3) installed - I have the original CD (which was SP2) and licence - but it is dying and soon will be dead - Because of that I have bought a new laptop with Win 7 HP installed and eligibility for the Win 8 Pro upgrade offer. Can I do a dual-boot of Win 7 HP (already installed) and use the upgrade offer to put Win 8 in a second primary partition, using the Win XP license code for the latter (providing I discontinue use of the Win XP machine - which is nearly dead anyway)?
Does my second partition need to have an OS on it already, for the Win 8 upgrade to work, or will it install on a clean partition?
I like some of the features of Win 8, but am not sure about other features, and want to test Win 8 alongside Win 7 before I commit to one or the other. I saw above that one could create a system image of the Win 7 partition to test Win 8 and then revert back again without doing a dual boot, but I would prefer to keep using Win 7 for normal use, while I test Win 8 using the dual boot option in my spare time.