Best way to install Windows 7 with Parallels?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Whackintosh, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Whackintosh macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2009
    Montreal, Quebec
    My Windows 7 OEM just arrived in the mail and I'm ready to get things going! Before I begin, am I better off installing Windows 7 from inside Parallels (5.0) or via boot camp? Apparently with an OEM, I can't easily do both, so I must choose? Parallels is already installed on my machine.
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    You should be able to install in Boot Camp and still be able to boot the Boot Camp partition in Parallels. OEM or not. Just set it all up before you let it activate, make sure it is all working and you should be fine.

    At least with Fusion, it calls the VM a different hardware configuration of the same box (as it it was a laptop + docking station), so activation still works as if it was one machine.


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