Help with BootCamp/Parallels

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ryan Burgess, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. Ryan Burgess macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2013
    Honestly, I don't know whether BootCamp or Parallels is going to be better for me so I'd like to try them both. But I need help knowing how to install windows.

    If I purchase Windows 8 ISO from the microsoft online store here:–-Student-Offer/productID.264954100

    is this the right product to install on my MacBook Pro for use with bootcamp/parallels? Thanks for your help!
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    That's an upgrade, you'll need a windows bootable system to use that. You need to purchase the full version of windows, not an upgrade.
  3. Ryan Burgess thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2013
    Is there somewhere I can buy the full version online and have it download? I don't have a dvd drive in my rMBP and would just like to download an ISO if possible.

  4. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    This is the version you want.

    Also, you can run Parallels with a Boot Camp installation. Install Windows via Boot Camp first. Get it up and running, then install Parallels. The only catch is that you would have to re-activate Windows. It might not activation online, but it will work if you use the phone method.

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