VMWare/Parallels users-question about Windows Activation issues

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Wolfpup, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    Both VMWare and Parallels are supposed to support booting from a Boot Camp partition-obviously a great idea, since then you can use the same Windows install both in Boot Camp and from within OS X.

    My concern is-do either of these programs deal with activation issues that that would cause? The system would appear different under Boot Camp than under VMWare/Parallels, and I'd assume that would trigger Window's charming activation.

    Do either of those programs somehow get around that issue?
     
  2. andrewt1187 macrumors member

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    I had to activate again. Others didn't have to. I called the toll free number in the activation prompt and talked to a recording. I told them I had a motherboard change and they let me use the key again.

    A friend called MS directly and told them he was having trouble with Boot Camp and they gave him a new key.
     
  3. bigandy macrumors G3

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    I regularly use VMWare with my BC partition, after moving from Parallels 3.

    There are no activation issues with either that I've experienced...
     
  4. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Wouldn't you have to then activate AGAIN when you boot to Windows directly?

    Are you using a version of Windows that requires activation? Like you did have to activate it once through Boot Camp, and then can switch back and forth without it prompting you to reactivate?
     

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