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Where is info to use VMware to add Win7 (I'm already on 8)

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    8 64x

    Where is info to use VMware to add Win7 (I'm already on 8)

    Recommendations from this thread Dual boot Win 8 64x but ADDING Win 7 32??? tell me to use VMware to add it but the tutorial only shows adding 8? I have no clue how to add 7


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  2. #2

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Pinky,

    You could use the same steps in the tutorial below for Windows 7 as well,....

    VMware Player - Install Windows 8

    ...but just install Windows 7 instead using the tutorial below as a guide.

    Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,
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    win8.1.1 enterprise

    one important think to know before you think about installing win7 in vmware is that you need a copy of win7 with a good windows key ,either on a dvd or as an ISO file
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    remember that you CAN use W7 for 30 days before you have to activate so if you are just testing or comparing stuff between W7 and W8 you won't have to always activate W7.

    In fact on a VM it's often better NOT to activate as you might want to test all sorts of configurations.

    Hint -- depending on what you want to do -- the later releases of VMware flag the actual CPU and some "Real" hardware so moving a VM image between different HOSTS sometimes will cause the GUEST to request re-activation.

    Earlier releases of VMware (rel 7/8 for workstation plus the equivalent free vmplayer releases) tended to use "more generic" virtual hardware which didn't flag reactivation so often.

    Pros and cons for both issues -- later VMware releases are more efficient (can be up to 95% performance of running Native, have decent 3-D / DVD video and gaming) , older releases only had "generic video" which couldn't do gaming or DVD playing.

    Your choce of course.

    Windows 8 on a VM still wants a product key immediately and will probably attempt to activate as soon as connection to the internet is made.

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