installing torrent windows through parallels

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  1. tmatlacrosse macrumors newbie

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    I recently purchased parallels to run Mac OSX along with Windows and I unfortunately don't have a windows xp disc. I downloaded a torrent version of windows xp pro corporate. It's a scaled down version to save some hard drive space. My problem now is that I don't know how to install it. I burned the torrent directly to a cd and that doesn't work, and it also doesn't detect it in the hard drive. When parallels runs the virtual machine the boot from the hard drive and from the cd/dvd drive say failed. Should I go another way about burning the cd or is there something I need to do in parallels or with the torrent that will make it work?
     
  2. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    Hey, thanks for justifying Microsoft's forced registration!
     
  3. calculus Guest

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    Then get one...

    I think you can buy them in shops.
     
  4. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Yeah, illeagal windows torrent? Not allowed. Try BUYING Windows. Or going to a torrent forum.
     
  5. tmatlacrosse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks everyone...actually I do have windows xp disc so I lied. There is a couple of problems though.
    1. it is only service pack 1
    2. the disc isn't scaled down such as the downloaded version is which saves a lot of hard drive space.

    now if someone could honestly help me instead of giving me sarcasm I would appreciate it.
     
  6. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    For one thing, your "sudden" getting an XP disc is a little suss, but anyhoo, I shall help.

    If you have an SP1 disc, you can go to Microsoft's page and download SP2, then slipstream it using various programs (e.g. nLite) into one SP2 disc. Then you should be able to install XP fine on Boot Camp or Parallels.
     
  7. tmatlacrosse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So, do i go through the process of uploading sp1 through parallels and then once I have windows running on my computer i can go in and get the sp2 package? I am unsure of what to do here. And what exactly does slip stream do?
     
  8. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    Well....for Parallels you can install Sp1 anyway. Slipstreaming merges your SP1 disc with the SP2 install to give you a SP2 disc.
     

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