Copy Windows Vista off of a PC?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by mrbigchin, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. mrbigchin macrumors newbie

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    Is there anyway to copy the windows os off of my pc and install it on my Mac?
     
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  3. balamw Moderator

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    If you are retiring the PC, and your Windows license allows for transfer (i.e. it is a retail license and not an OEM license you can easily migrate it over to your Mac as a virtual machine in VMWare Fusion using the built in tool on the home page or VMWare Converter.

    I'm sure that Parallels offers something similar.

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  4. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    As long as you do not use your PC, it will be legal to install it with a illegally obtained install CD, as you are just simply transferring your licence to another machine.

    But you need a CD. Get torrentin' (JOKE!)
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Even though you are joking, note that OEM licenses like the ones that are usually included with pre-built PCs do not generally come with license transfer rights.

    YMMV. Read your licenses.

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  6. mrbigchin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What if I took the license from my friends broken pc and then torrented the windows os to install it
    Won't that work?
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    It's all about the product key. It has to match the kind of media you install it with. In some cases if you have for example a Dell OEM product key, you need a Dell OEM install CD.

    YMMV.

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