So i downloaded parallels 4 and set up a virtual machine with Vista (i couldn't get a copy of XP so I had to settle). I then installed an educational version of AutoCAD 2010, it installs and everything but when i open the program it begins loading until a point where it doesn't respond. I have reinstalled it, uninstalled it and installed it again, but the same exact thing happens each time. When AutoCAD stops responding it says this at the bottom of the screen: Opening: C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2010\R18.0\enu\Template\acad.dwt I don't know whether that is relevant or not. I read somewhere that to run AutoCAD 2010 on vista you need 2GB of memory. With parallels the way it is i can only commit 1GB of memory to vista. I was wondering if it would work on bootcamp where i can devote all my memory to windows. Is it even possible to uninstall parallels and all that and switch to bootcamp? If thats even possible would i be able to preserve my copy of vista or would i have to get a new license? Thanks for any info you can offer, I'm an architecture student so understanding how all this works is very pertinent.