Can VMware/Parallels run more than 1 OS?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Frigate, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. Frigate macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2007
    I'm still PPC at the moment and have Windows 98, 2000 and XP installed under virtual PC for testing various things, but will getting a Macbook Pro next year and wondered if I could install multiple operating systems on VMware or Parallels in a similar fashion? Be good to get Unix on there too for testing out Unix browsers, anyone got any experience with that?

    Also anyone know the situation with Vista Home, if, say I went to Amazon and bought an OEM am I technically unable to install it or just legally obliged not to?

  2. CashGap macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2007
    Music City, USA
    Both VMWare and Parallels allow you to INSTALL numerous OS's (limited only by drive space) and RUN several (RAM being the practical limitation). I have a 3GB 2.16 MBP and have no problem running XP and Ubuntu simultaneously without decreased response in most Leopard apps, thanks to VMWare Fusion. Parallels was a nightmare for me but I hear it's getting better.

    I've given up trying to follow MS licensing trivia. There will be no technical barrier, you'll need to read the license agreement to figure out which versions you are allowed to virtualize. Or someone will reply here.
  3. rockinrocker macrumors 65816


    Aug 21, 2006
    if i remember correctly the only version of vista that's licensed to run in virtual environments is ultimate.

    i wonder though, practicaly speaking, what's to stop you from using any of the other versions?

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