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  1. Can I install two copies of 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium on the same laptop, one of them under virtual machine under Ubuntu, and the other is independent of Ubuntu? Do I need two different product keys or Certificates of Authorization?

  2. Alternatively, can I install one copy of 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, so that it can be started both independently of Ubuntu, and under the virtual machine under Ubuntu? If yes, how?


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For #1: To keep things legal, you need one Windows licence for each machine it's installed on, virtual or not.

For #2: See this existing SU question: Is it possible to run a Windows partition as a VM?, and/or this one: How can I run an existing WinXP partition (dual boot machine) inside KVM?, amongst others.

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For #1, do you mean I can only install Windows 7 either independently of Ubuntu, or under virtual machine under Ubuntu, but not both? – T... Dec 27 '13 at 22:08
@T...: Each installation of Windows (on real hardware or in a VM) is a separate installation as far as the license goes. You would need to buy a separate license from Microsoft to get it to activate the second one. – K.A Dec 27 '13 at 22:42

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