using HP laptop recovery disks to install vista with parallels on a mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by girlwithgadgets, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. girlwithgadgets macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2012
    I am (whispering) a windows girl. However, my next laptop will be the macbook pro. I want to install parallels and run my windows vista on a partition, just to have my quicken program. Can I install the windows vista using the recovery disks that I made from my HP laptop? I don't mind a factory install because I'll just add the quicken program and will backup the file to restore in the mac.
  2. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    I don't think that will work.
    The HP recovery disk is designed to work with the HP hardware. It usually includes some custom code that checks to make sure it's installing to an HP computer.

    You also won't be able to use the product key from your HP even if you were able to borrow a full install disk. That product key is also specific to the HP hardware.

    Good luck!

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