Will install files for older Windows programs work on MBP?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by operator, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. operator macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    I am considering purchasing a MBP, but would first like to know if I need new software.

    I already have various software such as Adobe inDesign that I use on my Window's machine. Can I use this same software to install on a MBP using Parallels?

    Also, can you access your Windows partition when using OSX, and vice versa?
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    If your license permits installing on more than one machine, and the software is Windows XP compatible, you should be able to install it. Not every program is guaranteed to work however.

    The Mac cannot write to an NTFS partition, Windows can neither read nor write a Mac formatted (HFS+) partition. If you want Mac access to the Bootcamp partition, choose FAT32 as its format when setting up Bootcamp.
  3. Zadillo macrumors 65816

    Jan 29, 2005
    Arlington, VA
    With MediaFour's MacDrive software, you can at least read and write to the Mac partition from within Windows.

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