Parallels Question

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Wilden, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. Wilden macrumors newbie

    Wilden

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    I was thinking of breaking up my old pc and salvaging the hard drive for use with my Macbook. If I connect it though either firewire or usb will I be able to boot the current XP install off it using parallels, or will I have to install a new version of XP onto it though parallels.
    I really don't want to be shelling out £100 or so for a copy of XP.

    Thanks
    Wilden
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    You stand a better chance of booting your old drive from Boot Camp than Parallels, but your EULA probably doesn't allow for transferring the license from one machine to another.

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  3. Wilden thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've checked on bootcamp, you can't boot from an external drive, or that's what it says on the Apple website anyway.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    Not quite: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=191777

    It can be done, but is non-trivial which is why Apple doesn't suggest it.

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  5. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    Bah, EULA shmeula. I've had one single copy of Windows XP ever since its come out and its been on about 5 different computers (not at the same time, still legal)... all you have to do is call up MS and say "pretty please activate it" and they do. :)
     
  6. Wilden thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Excellent, thanks for that link balamw, I just need to know now if BootCamp will allow me to boot windows without actually installing it, as in it already being on the HDD.
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    You are certainly best off installing it from scratch, since you'll need the USB boot hack, but you should be able to tweak the other drivers after the fact, boot in safe mode and replace the drivers with those from the Boot Camp download.

    As DavidLeblond points out MS doesn't always enforce their own EULA.

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  8. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    I just wrote down the code. That way, I dont have to give money to MS :). And, I can just use the same code every time I reinstall XP :p.
     
  9. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    The activation code?

    Uh, doesn't that change every time you install it on a different machine though?
     
  10. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Dunno, maybe. Even if it does change, no harm done.
     

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