Installing Parallels and Windows XP

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by shenandoah, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. shenandoah macrumors newbie

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    Simple question, hoping to get simple answer.....

    How complicated is it for a non-pro to install Parallels and then installing your existing Windows XP cd from non Mac computer onto Mac Intel Core 2 Duo?

    Or is this something best left to the Mac Pros at the Mac store?

    Many thanks! :)
     
  2. generik macrumors 601

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    It is not hard at all, make sure that Windows XP cd is not tied to a specific brand of computer though.
     
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Assuming you didn't buy a retail XP CD, that would be illegal....
     
  4. generik macrumors 601

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    That is not true. A OEM disc will do, provided it is a new one bought specially for the Mac.
     
  5. shenandoah thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So, the Windows XP that came along with my Gateway will or will not work with the Parallels software and not be able to load onto the Mac?

    In other words, I REALLY don't want to pay $179.99 for a Mac compatible Windows XP....

    Also, I was told by the Mac pro at the Mac store for them to install Parallels would be $200 - heck - that's alot of moolah!
     
  6. Arnaud macrumors 6502

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    You can install Parallels yourself, from the website, it's really easy and cheaper (80$), takes 10mn. But that is for Parallels only. I wouldn't advise to pay the Apple Store for that...

    Regarding your copy of Windows XP, I can't say. It should be as easy as on a normal PC, if the website and the forums are right. Have you tried to install your copy of Windows on another (not Gateway) PC? Obvious question maybe...

    And: I am encountering some problems with installing Windows right now on my iMac 24", but I guess there'll be an answer somewhere on the forums.
     

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