Windows from laptop onto my Mac

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

  1. ranny2 macrumors member

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    Jan 9, 2011
    #1
    Hi,

    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

    Mal

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    Orlando
    #2
    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.

    jW
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    #3
    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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