Creating a Windows 7 Virtual Machine on Windows 10

I need to get some new computers and would like to get dual use touchscreen versions, however I have existing work software that only runs on windows 7 professional not on windows 10 can I create virtual machines under windows 10 and run windows 7 on the virtual machine, If I can how painful is the process?

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Check posts by Andre da Costa about dual booting.
Your new computers should come with Windows 10 so you will need to get Windows 7 to install.  I got Window 7 off eBay when the free upgrade was offered as my laptops were using Vista.
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Hi,
 
This may help :

How to Dual Boot Windows 10 with Windows 7 or Windows 8
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2108-windows-10-dual-boot-windows-7-windows-8-a.html

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Hyper-V and Windows virtualization is supported by TechNet so check with the
Experts there.

TechNet - Windows 10 IT Pro Virtualization
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/home?forum=win10itprovirt

Technet - Forums - Windows 8/8.1 Virtualization
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w8itprovirt/threads

TechNet - XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8/8.1 IT Pro
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/category/w7itpro,w8itpro,windowsvistaitpro,windowsxpitpro,windowsintune

TechNet - Forums
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/categories/

TechNet - Where is the Forum For…?
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/whatforum/threads

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... can I create virtual machines under windows 10 and run windows 7 on the virtual machine, If I can how painful is the process?

You sure can and that's arguably the best way to run Windows 7 with Windows 10, because you won't have to worry about hardware compatibility or possibly making a mistake with the boot configuration.

How hard is creating a virtual machine? Like many things in life it's easy when you know how. The three best known consumer VMs are Microsoft's own Hyper-V, Oracle's Virtual Box and WMWare Workstation Player. There are illustrated tutorials for each on the web.

With due respect to our friends in Redmond, VirtualBox and VMWare are much more intuitive than Hyper-V so you'll find them easier to work with. Just remember that for the purposes of licensing, a virtual machine is like another computer.

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