Windows 7 Branded OEM via Parallels? Need help!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Brooke00000, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Brooke00000 macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2011
  2. seniorgeek macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2011
    I successfully installed Windows Vista OEM version on my Imac running Lion with VirtualBox which is free. Hope this helps.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I'll spare you my OEM rant which you can easily find. (EDIT: e.g.

    The issue here from the OP's link is that these are not "plain vanilla" OEM discs but are somehow branded. Sometimes this means that they have been customized for a particular OEM and may preinstall stuff you don't want or need.

    If you must use OEM, get a plain vanilla aka unbranded OEM license. Like:

    EDIT: Also, do you have enough RAM to justify 64 bit in a VM. (i.e. will you dedicate 4GB or more to the VM?)

  4. Brooke00000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2011
    Good question. In Parallels, do you set the amount of RAM you are going to dedicate? I was thinking about dedicating 2... and I have read so many different opinions on this subject I can't decide if I should go with the 32 bit or the 64 bit. So, I assume you are thinking 32?
  5. Brooke00000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2011
    Also, I just read your entire OEM post. What's funny is that I was originally doing this because even though I'm a student, and have XP installed on my old Macbook, I didn't feel like the upgrade version (while MUCH cheaper) was the right thing to do. Now you are making me think this isn't much better.

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