Bootcamp & Parrallels question

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by CyrusOz, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. CyrusOz macrumors regular

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    Just a quick question that i couldn't get the answer on. I want to use bootcamp to run XP on my iMac and I know it has to be a real XP not an update but what I also need to know is .... if I just go through the bootcamp setup now to run windows on my Mac can I install parrellels in a month or so when i buy it or is it best to go through bootcamp and parrallels in the same process?

    Now I just have to track down my XP disk and make sure it's not a damn update lol

    Sorry to start a whole new thread for just one simple question but I couldn't find any info that addressed this query

    Steamed
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You can add Parallels later... no problem
    You don't have to have it when you set up your Boot Camp partition

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. CyrusOz thread starter macrumors regular

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    cool thanks. my other concern is i get half way through the bootcamp process and i've used the wrong XP disk and i'm trying to use the upgrade and not the full edition (which I think my ex-wife may have taken during the big split of 2006) and that worries me that I might screw up the bootcamp process somehow by using that disk
     
  4. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, you can't use the upgrade disc for a full-install.

    I recommend finding someone that has XP with SP1 (if you are upgrading to SP2) and use their disc. If my memory serves me correctly, your upgrade disc has a different serial on it, which means it won't take their serial.
     
  5. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    For ease of use and maintenance, you should install Boot Camp, then Windows, then Parallels. Have Parallels launch your Boot Camp partition, rather than creating a new, fresh install of Windows - this way, you're only maintaining one Windows installation instead of two.

    And like MacDawg says, you can install Parallels at any time afterward - just make sure you have Boot Camp and Windows installed first!
     

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