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

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

  1. macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2012
    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

    Feb 6, 2009
    Yes, you need a Windows 7 DVD or disk image (.iso) and a valid key.
  3. macrumors 68040


    May 10, 2010
    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

    Oct 17, 2012
    even for the trial?
  5. macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    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

    Nov 30, 2010
    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

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    Parallels simply allows you to install your own copy of Windows on an OS machine. Parallels does not include Windows.

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