Windows 7 needs XP in drive to boot

  kimtrnc 11:28 11 Nov 2009

I am being offered what seems like a very good deal on a used machine with Windows 7 Ultimate installed. (I haven't actually used or even seen it yet)
Halfway through the negotiations, the seller tells me that the machine, which has 3 hard drives and three disc drives, will only work with XP in one of the drives.

That seems a bit dodgy to me - any comments from anyone, please?

  GaT7 11:36 11 Nov 2009

It could be a dual-boot system that the seller doesn't want to mess with before selling in case something goes wrong & has to be re-done.

As long as the original discs (not copies), COAs & official product keys are supplied (not something printed or scribbled on a scrap of paper) for BOTH XP & Win7, it will be fine. Don't accept any less, as that will be illegal/dodgy. G

  GaT7 11:44 11 Nov 2009

Actually this is also OK:

1. XP: official COA & product key must be supplied / be present on the case (no disc is fine, as it may not have come with the original pre-built system either)


2, Win7: original disc, COA & product key must be supplied (all genuine stuff again - no copies)

Please post if in doubt. G

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