Please help, worried about parallels and Bootcamp

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AngelFir3, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. AngelFir3 macrumors member


    Oct 21, 2010
    Can anyone help me... I worried about getting windows 7, I have been reading the forums, and I keep seeing that if I run windows through boot camp to use the full power (for games) I need one licence of windows. But then if I want to run parallels with windows I will need two licences of windows? Is this true.

    I'm also confused if I can do that .... Use boot camp for windows games, but then use parallels for documents and low spec items. Please help, I'm getting my new iMac very soon and I'm very worried

    Thank you for you time and help
  2. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    No. I have this very setup.

    One license installed via Bootcamp.

    When you then install Parallels, you tell it to use the Bootcamp partition.

    Net: one Windows 7 license for both uses. Works like a charm.

    Don't reverse that. In other words, don't install the license in Parallels and THEN try to also install in Bootcamp. It has to be Bootcamp first, and then link Parallels to the Bootcamp install.

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