"2 Windows 7's on one machine...legal or not?"
And it's about running two copies of the same OS, and nothing about downgrading rights. The downgrade rights faq at MS says explicitly (in red is my comments):
- users can use the following media for their downgrades: retail (full packaged product), or system builder edge-to-edge media (DVD), provided the software is acquired in accordance with the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. End users can use one legal version of the downgrade media for multiple installations. They don't need to have one set of media for each PC they are downgrading, because they have acquired legitimate full operating system licenses for the most recent version, which gave them the right to downgrade.
- The software may not be installed on any computer system other than the one that was downgraded under this right.
- If downgrading, the end user cannot use the new operating system (for example, Windows 8.1 Pro) and the
downgraded operating system (for example, Windows 7 Professional) at the same time. (not the case with dual boot)
- End users may reinstall the software at any time, provided the downgraded operating system has been removed
from the computer, and that software is reinstalled on the same PC on which it was originally installed
The last bit is easily achieved by using removable hard drives, or simply disabling the drive in BIOS and running the other version on a different drive. As we all know, with EFI, installing the OS on separate drives is the only safe way to dual boot anyways. So the only added requirement is to "remove" it from the computer when using the other OS.
But, once again, I'm not a lawyer, and this is just my interpretation.
It says junior member beneath my name up there but I've had from one to six copies of Windows on line at one time, all legally licensed, never ran a pirated copy of anything. Started with Win3.1 and have used them all with the exception of two, which I won't mention.
I signed on to AOL in 1992 and I'll be 82 in a few weeks. A computer is just a toy for me and I still have four online.
I have no need for Win10 but would like to play with it, as does everyone else, but, can I afford free??
I think there is going to be a lot of surprises!
I was told by someone here or on windows 7 forum that you can install the same oem twice on one computer. The person actually called Microsoft activation system and talk to a rep and told them they have two windows 7 on one computer but on different partitions or drive, the Microsoft rep said that is no problem and will activate it the second partition or drive. I would link to that, but it is a to many posting to go through.
The wording of the System Builder license for Windows 8 and 8.1 says:
To me, this says you can use a system builder license in a Virtual Machine for a different licensed OS, but I think others interpret it differently.We do not sell our software or your copy of it – we only license it. Under our license, we grant you the right to install and run that one copy on one computer (the licensed computer) as the operating system on a computer that you build for your personal use, or as an additional operating system running on a local virtual machine or a separate partition, subject to the restrictions outlined under “Are there things I’m not allowed to do with the software?
Roger What you need to do is settle down and wait for MS to come out with more information about the upgrade licensing process. At this point it seems like you're rushing to judgement on what may happen and finding information on the internet aht may not be accurate in not hellping much.
Some of us here are or have been in the IT field for years and don't use PC's as toys.. and in the end there are some here I think I would take their advice more seriously that others on the internet who are posting blogs.
If you want to try out Windows 10TP you can set up a dual boot and keep the OS your using now. When Windows 10 goes final you can make you decision then if it's worth upgrading to or not. It's possible MS may offer a discount price for anyone that wants to buy a full copy.