Can a Paper License be used for Dual Operating System in a Machine. RRS feed

  • Question

  • I wish to maintain Dual Os in my pc due to some applications comaptability.

    I have got Win 7 Professional Paper License which provided the key for Windows Xp, Vista etc.

    I wish to install Xp on C Drive and Win 7 Prof on D drive. Shall I activate the both OS?



    Friday, December 9, 2011 4:38 PM


  • Hello Ram,

    The answer here depends upon what your "paper license" is.  If it is a volume license for Windows 7 that your company has purchased, then you really are only allowed to run one OS on your PC, and only if the PC originally came with an operating system on it (OEM license).  So.. if the PC came with Winodws XP originally, then you can run Windows 7 on it now.  But not both in a dual boot mode (at least not to my understanding).

    If, however, this "paper license" is a full retail copy of Windows 7, then yes, you are allowed to install it as an additional OS on your PC, as long as the other OS is the one that the PC is already licensed to run.

    I hope this helps,



    Kevin Remde US DPE - IT Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde http://twitter.com/kevinremde
    • Proposed as answer by Kevin Remde Sunday, December 11, 2011 1:27 PM
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:06 PM
    Sunday, December 11, 2011 1:27 PM