Hmm I see Wouldn't a virtual machine with windows 7 be enough for your usage?
Not really as I plan to play a few games that won't run on windows 10, and my current windows 7 laptop still has serious overheating issues (that are reported all over the web from many users who own this model of laptop). Not to mention that, since I have a Win 7 Pro license, I am aiming to have Windows XP Mode installed, in order to run the really old stuff that struggles on even Windows 7.
Since Windows XP Mode would probably be a VM inside Windows 7, if W7 was a VM in W10 then I would have a VM inside of another VM. Not good for performance!
I'm going to contact the local computer shop again and see if they can do it for cheaper, as I was quoted £60 before Christmas and now it's £98? But if they can sort everything out, including the installation of drivers (as that was one of things I struggled with), then I'll be happy. In fact, I might see if they can retain all of my installed data to put onto the dual booted Windows 10 (as you have to have 7 installed before 10).
Edit: Just confirmed that the price of £60 was actually for one Windows re-install, and that (since Windows 7 has to be installed first) two installs are required. Hence the price will be (for me) £98. Pricey but it's the only way that I'm going to be able to finally retire this overheating Acer laptop, and getting my Windows 7 and Windows 10 working on my shiny new HP laptop that runs substantially cooler.
Plus, since I am a university student, I got Windows 7 Pro for free, so it's not that bad I suppose.
Edited by spotify95, 01 January 2016 - 08:57 AM.