Parallels And Boot Camp (one windows license?)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by karmacoma, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. karmacoma macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2006

    I've got Boot Camp installed on my MacBook Pro and want to add Parallels so that I can use both.

    Do I need to purchase another license of Windows XP, or can I use the existing license that I've installed on the Boot Camp partition?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    The latest release candidate of Parallels supports using the Boot Camp partition install of XP in the virtual machine environment. Only one license/activation would be required.
  3. iKwick7 macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2004
    The Wood of Spots, NJ
    Seriously? That's awesome! I really enjoyed the Parallels trial but couldn't justify having 2 windows partitions installed- this solves that problem. Looks like I will be buying Parallels now!
  4. ewinemiller macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2001
    west of Philly
    At least with the latest beta, it does ask me to reactivate Windows the first time I load a bootcamp windows under Parallels, but it reactivates fine and then it works without requiring activation from then on.
  5. karmacoma thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2006
    Sweet! I'm downloading Parallels as we speak.

    Thanks everyone!
  6. giah macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2007

    I'm pretty new to this whole mac thing (got my mac 2 weeks ago) and I'm wondering how to get parallels to boot from my bootcamp partition. I don't understand how it works. Do I have to install windows again with parallels? because in the " More options" dialog can only select an image or cd to install.
  7. ewinemiller macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2001
    west of Philly
    You do have the latest beta, right? The release version of Parallels does not support booting via a boot camp drive.

    To boot via boot camp in Parallels

    1. File|New.
    2. Select Custom and Next.
    3. Select Windows, Windows XP, and Next.
    4. Set your RAM and Next.
    5. Select Use Boot Camp.

    Good luck.
  8. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    On a side note, has anybody figured a good way to back up their Boot Camp partition?

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