Windows from laptop onto my Mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ranny2, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. ranny2 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2011

    I recently upgraded from a Windows 7 laptop to a Mac Mini. I would like to put Windows on my Mini for use with some software, however I cannot afford a copy of Windows 7.

    Is there anyway I can put the copy of Windows 7 my laptop came with onto the Mac? I made a recovery disk of Win 7 when the laptop was new, can this be used?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    No, your license was for that machine, and was likely tied to that machine in a way that it wouldn't install or boot another. You need to buy a copy for your Mac if you want to run it on there.

  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    To run Windows apps on your Mac, you need to install Windows via Boot Camp or use Parallels or VMware Fusion. For these, you need a retail copy of Windows, not one that came with a PC.

    If you don't have a Windows license, you can use CrossOver to run some applications. Not all Windows apps are compatible with CrossOver. Check their site for compatible apps.

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