I am considering buying a new computer with Windows 7 (64-bit) pre-installed. Would it be possible to install Ubuntu (preferably 64-bit) dual-boot on such a machine, and then, using VirtualBox / VMWare, etc. under Ubuntu, make a virtual machine that "points to" the existing Windows 7 OS (without making a copy of it)?
Just to be clear... at the end of this process:
I would have a machine that dual-booted both Windows 7 (64-bit) and Ubuntu (64-bit).
If I choose to boot Ubuntu, I would then have the possibility of running a visualization of Windows 7 within Ubuntu.
There would only be 1 copy of Windows 7 on the hard disk.