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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 255 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3839 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 363948 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M2N68-AM SE2
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2013, Updated and Enabled

I brought the above computer 2 and a half years ago, with Windows 7 installed. Now that I have purchased an upgrade to Windows 8 (which also can be used as a clean installation) can I install Win 8 and then install the manufacturers copy on a virtual machine?
 

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An OEM Windows (my guess as to what you mean by "manufacturers copy") is locked to the original computer. A virtual machine is a different computer.
 

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It is - if thats the case, if I had to rebuild W7 because of a major infection or something, can't I use the OEM CD to install 7 on the VM, after doing a clean install of 8?
 

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can't I use the OEM CD to install 7 on the VM
You can use the installation DVD to install Windows 7, but the problem is activation. You need a new license to activate the system on the VM.
 

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If I do a clean installation of Windows 8, with my Windows 8 product key I had emailed to me, can't I use the W7 product key for the VM?
 

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If you bought an "upgrade" (discounted price) version of Windows 8 then it replaces the qualifying XP, Vista or Windows 7. You are not to use the "old" version after installing an "upgrade" version.

If you bought a full-price (not an "upgrade") Windows 8 then you can transfer the Windows 7 license to another computer--including a VM--if and only if the Windows 7 is a retail version. An OEM (pre-installed on a new PC by Acer, Dell, HP, etc.) or a System-Builder's (installed on a custom computer built for sale) version is locked to the original computer.
 
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