Do I need 2 copies of XP?


macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 29, 2007
Hi, I'm about to buy a new iMac (I'm actually just waiting for them to ship with Leopard).
I'm new to Apple (my fiancee has a Macbook), so my question is this:

I own 2 shops, on eBay and on eBid (both in Ireland). I do allot of work on the internet, and one of the programs a cannot live without is Roboform (keeps all my passwords, info etc... Keychain is no match). I also want the MAC for gaming and I'll have a few games like Serious Sam that only runs on Windows. I'm told Parallels running Windows isn't great for gaming, I'd need to run Boot Camp with Windows to do proper gaming.

My iMac will be 2.4Ghz & 2GB RAM (wish I could afford 4GB), so in order for me to use my iMac and swapping between MAC & Windows, for everyday work, parallels is fine, but if I want to play a Windows based game, I'd have to restart into Boot Camp again.

Can anyone give me some advice, do I need to buy 2 separate XP copies (they're only eu80 each now), or can I just get one copy to share between Boot Camp and Parallels. How much space would they take up? I'm getting a 500GB HDD anyway.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank You


macrumors 6502
Mar 16, 2006
You can install XP on one computer only, per license. under that definition this is two installs on the same computer and would be allowed.

You can check the EULA, or here is quote from;en-us;302878&x=16&y=4

How does MPA work?

MPA validates that the product's Product Key, which is required as part of product installation, has not been used on more computers than the product's end-user license agreement (EULA) allows. Generally, Windows XP can be installed on one computer, and Office XP can be installed on one computer and that computer user's portable computer. For more information, see the EULA for your product.