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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Rock star poser, Dec 29, 2007.
Am I right in sayng I need to buy windows XP to run vm fusion?
You will need to buy the copy of the OS you want to run, this does not have to be XP...
This is correct, you can run many OSes with VM Fusion. If you are planning on running Windows though, then yes, obviously you will need a fully licensed copy of Windows.
i already have windows installed on my macbook, but i can't find the disc.... so that means i'll have to buy fusion and buy a copy of windows xp.
No, VMWare has a tool which can make a Windows install into a virtual machine
I know that.
But you still have to buy a copy of windows xp to run vm fusion
Yes you do, but you say that you already have a copy of Windows XP installed (under bootcamp, I assume?)
Fusion will detect this and create a virtual machine from it. You don't need an extra license to run Windows under both bootcamp and Fusion, as long as it's under the same machine (and it was legitimate to begin with, of course)
I wasn't aware of that. If that's the case then I will buy it right away.
By the way, I already had windows xp installed on my macbook from the guy i bought it from. I normally have to boot up again and press the alt key.
Yep just make sure that you follow the instructions properly for setting up the virtual machine from your Boot Camp partition, because windows can get fussy about activation - you'll need to install the VMWare tools package to fix that. Otherwise you'll end up having to activate windows every time you switch between Fusion and Bootcamp!