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Is W7 RTM 32-bit or 64-bit still effective to load? Will they activate the same way as a W7 retail version? I have both, and have not tried either. Will they run 'live' for testing? If not, will it install on a partition next to XP? Which is better for an AMD II x2 6400+?
 

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RTM=release to manufacturing and is usually the retail version.
If you got these from a microsoft seminar or technet/MSDN subscription,
they should activate fine.
Sorry,windows disks don't run in live mode.
You can run XP and windows 7 in a dual boot configuration.
You would want XP installed first then windows 7 would setup a
boot loader when installed.
Both would run well on your processor but windows 7 would use
a bit more memory.
Better to have at least 2 GB memory for windows 7.
Windows 7 has the dual core driver built in and is directx 10 ready.
You need to download the dual core driver for xp,from AMD.
 

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RTM=release to manufacturing and is usually the retail version.
If you got these from a microsoft seminar or technet/MSDN subscription,
they should activate fine.
Sorry,windows disks don't run in live mode.
You can run XP and windows 7 in a dual boot configuration.
You would want XP installed first then windows 7 would setup a
boot loader when installed.
Both would run well on your processor but windows 7 would use
a bit more memory.
Better to have at least 2 GB memory for windows 7.
Windows 7 has the dual core driver built in and is directx 10 ready.
You need to download the dual core driver for xp,from AMD.
Good tip on XP AMD x2 driver - this is why I'm looking at W7 install... :mad:

Discs came from stepbrother almost 2 years ago - pretty high up in MS echelon (and he uses Ubuntu :))
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You may want to check to see if they are still valid; I know my RTM version of W7 was decommed shortly after the 'true' retail version went out, and that was about 2 years ago.
 
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You could also install and run one in VirtualBox inside another Windows installation to see what they are like and how well they install (though the virtual hardware is not identical to the real hardware). Or Virtual PC. That would be the closest to running it "live", and does not require any partition changes.

You can also create your own live CD versions of any edition of Windows with Winbuilder.
 

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You might also want to check the license agreement. The software I get from MSDN is licensed for use only by me... I am not allowed to give copies to my friends.
 

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There's possible problems installing W7 and any other system on the same drive.
Removing one may be really difficult.

Like 4d .. My W7 from M$ was the RTM, licensed to me .. I'm thinking the other sources had a drop dead date.
 
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You might also want to check the license agreement. The software I get from MSDN is licensed for use only by me... I am not allowed to give copies to my friends.
Yes, only the subscriber can use it. But it is the product key that needs to come from a current subscription. So a current mamber can get one and install the software if he chooses.
 
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