If i use parallels do i need a windows 7 key?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Cjshino, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    im trying to install parallels and at the start up of the installation i dont know what to choose to install windows.
     
  2. macrumors 68040

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    Yes, you need a Windows 7 DVD or disk image (.iso) and a valid key.
     
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    ChristianJapan

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    plus your windows version need to be allowed for virtual installation. For Vista it was the ultimate (and I think Pro or business); for Win8 I have the Pro version running under Fusion. Win7 I'm not sure.
    But you will need a key and you might even need to call MS for activation (I needed for Win8 as I "burned" my first try).
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    even for the trial?
     
  5. macrumors 68040

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    I think with Windows 7 you can install without the key and it will run for a certain amount of time unactivated, it isn't really a trial though.
     
  6. macrumors 65816

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    The Trial version is for 180 days and yes it needs a key as well.

    Without they key it will run for 30 days.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    Parallels simply allows you to install your own copy of Windows on an OS machine. Parallels does not include Windows.
     

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