Bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by carcass29, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. carcass29 macrumors newbie

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    ok, so i have my Macbook Pro now and I want to try running Vista on my mac via bootcamp (just to use some of my pc apps).... key is, I don't want to purchase a copy of Vista since I have another laptop that has Vista installed and serial#. So my question is is it possible to burn a dvd of my Vista OS to use as a bootable cd for Bootcamp? any links on how to do so would be great....thanks again :apple:
     
  2. Heston macrumors regular

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    Is the Vista installed a copy you bought or did it come preinstalled?
     
  3. carcass29 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    came pre installed...looking to rip it and make iso(bootable disc) for bootcamp
     
  4. jbg232 macrumors 65816

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    That's illegal. Vista was only licensed to the machine that it came pre-installed on.
     
  5. carcass29 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. valvehead macrumors regular

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    OK, you've already spent more than $2000 on your MBP. Another $100 to $170 for an OEM version of Vista is not going to kill you.

    I'm using an OEM XP Pro that cost $140. I have spent more than 15x that much on the software I use. The OS is pennies in comparison.

    I understand if you just want to test it out. With XP you could test it for 30 days without activation. I don't know if that's possible with Vista. It most likely is not possible with a disc that comes a prebuilt machine. It's customized for that machine, and (as noted) is illegal to install on another computer.
     
  7. carcass29 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yeah not really wanting to spend more....I've already spent $7000 on recording software for pc that's pretty much useless(plugins) ...just looking to cut a few corners...thanks anyway.
     
  8. landis macrumors regular

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    call microsoft, tell them that your computer crashed running windows - they'll understand!! - and then say you cant reinstall because the serial number can not be used twice. then ask for a new serial number.

    i know many people that this has worked for, some of them were actually windows users with a dead computer!
     
  9. carcass29 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks...I think they actually have a free microsoft/vista download since most pc's don't come with a backup disc's anymore(it's booted from the drive)...the only part I don't understand is burning it from an iso image file to a bootable disc that will work in bootcamp.
     
  10. Block macrumors 6502a

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    That's called fraud.
     
  11. jbg232 macrumors 65816

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    Only Dell and Toshiba actually gives you a backup disc which is a bootable, installable OS CD. With any other company you will need to get a new disc. However, it would be hard to find a way to legally justify what you are doing even to get the cd.
     

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