Installing Windows a 2nd time?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jw3571, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. jw3571 macrumors regular

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    I've installed Windows 7 in boot camp on my machine. I also want to install it on Parallels. It's saying I can't use my existing product key that I have to purchase another key. This can't be can it? It's on the same machine. Do I really have to buy another one?
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    Parallels and VMWare can run your existing Boot Camp install. You don't need to "install it on Parallels" just tell Parallels to use what you've got.

    You may still run into the occasional activation hiccup, but it generally works.

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  3. jw3571 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's how I installed it but now it's asking for another code.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    I'm a VMWare user so I'm not fully Parallels conversant.

    Did you install Parallels Tools?

    Are you sure you didn't "import" the Boot Camp install into a new VM? It's a common mistake in VMWare.

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