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Trying to Build Multi boot Vista, win 7, 8, 8.1 on one hd

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    Trying to Build Multi boot Vista, win 7, 8, 8.1 on one hd


    I have an HP laptop with 8.1 uefi embedded key.
    I have a one TB hd to work with.
    I want to format from scratch and run a mbr based multiboot pc

    I am confused by the uefi and partitioning.
    Can I run windows 8 in a non GPT formatted HDD and utilize the OEM Key?
    Has anyone successfully done a multiboot like this going all the way back to vista on an oem laptop? If so what did you have to do to get around the OEM garbage?

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    If you have an HP Laptop that is running Windows 8.1 AND you have a 1 TB hard drive to work with THEN you need to run VMWARE or SUN Virtual Box AND run all of the different OS's you want in a virtual environment AND they can all talk to each other.

    Way better than trying to go backwards with your current hardware. My 2 cents.
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    I wish it was that simple. They are developing a hardware device that uses serial ports. The engineers don't trust the vm's enough to develop drivers on them. At this point i am considering using usb masking as hd's to run the OS's which isn't elegant.
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Trying to Build Multi boot Vista, win 7, 8, 8.1 on one hd
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