2 Windows 8.1 Installs - Combine boot camp and Parallels serial?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by bubsdaddy2000, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. bubsdaddy2000 macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2014
    I initially installed Windows 8 (then upgraded to Win 8.1) under Parallels on my iMac. I also decided I wanted to try a boot camp install so I went through the steps and used another serial number I had.

    Can I combine the two serial numbers somehow so I have one available for another machine? I was thinking of blowing away the parallels install and then reinstalling from boot camp.

    Suggestions? Can I just alter the serial number to match instead of uninstalling and reinstalling?
  2. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Well, Parallels supports just running your Boot Camp partition as a VM. Thus you would have just the one install active. And the serial number you used for the Parallels-only install can go away.

    In Parallels, tell it you want a new VM, then just tell it you want a VM from your Boot Camp partition.
  3. bubsdaddy macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2008
    The Woodlands, TX
    I tried it both ways. First, I changed my product key in the Parallels installation and that went without any problems. I didn't have to reactivate or anything. I then remove the Parallels win8.vm and reinstalled from boot camp. I didn't need to re-enter the activation key or anything else.

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