About to install Parallels: Best way to do it?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by NJRonbo, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    On Tuesday, when Vista Business is released, I am going
    to install it on my Mac Pro via Parallels.

    I bought the boxed (CD) version of Parallels two weeks ago.

    However, I want to use the latest BETA to take advantage of
    all the new functions.

    What is the best way to go about this install?

    Should I install the CD then do the upgrade?

    Or, just download and install the BETA and enter the activation
    key that should be somewhere in the boxed package?

    Anything else I should know or do before attempting this install?

    In advance, thanks for all your help!
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    I think you can just download the latest beta and ask for a trial key, as your regular key won't work with that and install that. Then when the final version is released you can use your regular key.

    I've not even opened the CD envelope on my boxed Parallels... :)
  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    How long does the trial key last?

    On the flip side, can I install from the boxed CD, register
    it with the included activation key, and then install the
    BETA version over it?
  4. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC

  5. blaster_boy macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2004
    I've downloaded and run the latest beta immediately, using my bought over the internet parallels key. No need for a trial key.

    I fail to see why the beta wouldn't work with the key from a normal boxed version...

    The only caveat they mention using the beta is that keys locked to non-english languages versions can't be used with the betas, but that would be solved for the official release, I believe.
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Longer than it takes to finish the final release, I assume... ;)

    Possibly, but not necessarily:


    That's why I recommended getting a trial key... :)

    Edit: I see your key worked after all. Then there's no problem... :D

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