Windows 8 and Parallels questions

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by spacewolf, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. spacewolf macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2011
    I understand I am able to purchase Windows 8 OEM for use in Parallels on my Mac due to changed OEM terms, is this correct?

    If I purchase Parallels from their website does it offer the ability to re-download? Media isn't an option as it's for a MacBook Air.

    I've read bits and pieces around the web where Windows OEM is tied to the motherboard by a code. Is this true? How does it work on a Mac either by BootCamp or Parallels? Is there other ways it can be tied to your Mac permanently? I ask because I'm considering using it on my current Mac but the main use will be on a new one so don't want to tie it to my old one.

    If using Parallels is your hard drive changed at all? By this what I mean is how is HD space created for Windows and boot sector, etc?
  2. b06tmm macrumors regular


    Jul 23, 2009
    South Louisiana
    I recently installed Parallels and Windows 8.

    Since I have an external DVD drive I bought Parallels at Best Buy and got the 64bit Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD via Amazon.

    I'm not sure what the longevity of the download is but I would save the downloaded files in a safe place. Multiple places even.

    Also not sure how MS keeps track of the installations.

    Here is what Finder shows for my Windows installation:


    Hope this helps you.
  3. spacewolf thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2011

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