I have a new Lenovo ThinkPad T520. I want to install Linux on this and keep Win 7 HP on the side. I haven't used Windows for 10+ years, so this turned out to be more complicated than expected.
The recovery media that can be created is of no use as it's only able to reset the computer into factory state. This would nuke any Linux installation on the hard drive which would be unacceptable.
My question: Does anyone know how to create a working Win 7 disk from a clean retail copy that will work with the OEM license and also activate? Removing /sources/ei.cfg didn't seem to do the trick and as far as I know it would not help with activation as I would need the cert crap etc.
Has anyone done this? I guess the "easy way" could be to just shrink the Win 7 partition install Linux and then use dd to make bit-by-bit copies of the Win 7 installation in case it needs a reinstall sometime later. However, I would prefer not to waste disk space by keeping such copies on my Linux partitions.