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    Noob Question re Parallels
    I have an iMac, with a 1TB HDD. 300Gig is devoted to Win 7 Ultimate, via Bootcamp. All works fine.

    I am I correct in the simple assumption, that should I purchase and install the latest version of Parallels, that I will be able to enter into that Win 7 install, and use the a program without needing to reboot?

    Or do I have to set up a virtual machine on the mac side, and do another install of Win 7 and the programs I want to use?

    If (as I am hoping) I can access my current Win 7 install virtually, then thats great, and I will purchase Parallels today.

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    Shouldn't be an issue. I use VMWare Fusion instead of Parallels to do exactly that. I did have to activate Win7 again from within VMWare. But a non-issue for me and it works very good both from VMWare and from the BootCamped install. And, I'm using a $30 educational version of Win7 ultimate on my Mac.
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    So I wont need to reinstall win7 again, (+ all the programs) get all it setup again as I want it, all from scratch?

    It can just use the bootcap partition version?
    Cool...

    Im downloading a trial version now...

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    OK, I have downloaded the trail of Parallels, and I am looking through the documentation.

    I see that I can apparently just tell it to use the bootcamp partition, as part of its setup - Nice...

    But I have one niggly question - Before I install...

    Its this business of re-activating win 7. I bought a copy of 7 Ultimate, fully legit for a little under 200.00 I believe it has a single user licence. Thats fine, cause I am just a single user. I have it running fine on bootcamp, but here is my question.

    If I only have a single licence, will I need to de-activate the actual version that is on bootcamp? Or can I use the same two 'versions' (The Word versions is used loosely - it will be the same install of the same product on the same computer by the same person) at the same time?

    I mean, can I still have my bootcamp version available should I want to boot into it, and my parallels version, so I can access it running at the same time, or by using Parallels, and re-activating win 7, am I having to choose one or the other?

    Thanks in advance for the answer.

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    It has to be re-activated but once you do that - you can either run in parallels or reboot through bootcamp with the same license. You do not need a second license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvanLasston View Post
    It has to be re-activated but once you do that - you can either run in parallels or reboot through bootcamp with the same license. You do not need a second license.
    Thanks

    Last Question... I promise

    By reactivated, what EXACTLY does that entail?

    When I installed it, I gave it the number in my CD box, and clicked microsoft genuine test and stuff... But it has yet to ask me for any personal details - Name, Address etc... Perhaps it wont ask me? I dont know.

    So is re-activating just meaning clicking something and telling it the serial?

    Or is there more to it?

    I dont wanna end up with 2 'versions' of win 7 and neither of them working LOL

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    You're overthinking this - just install Parallels and tell it to use your BootCamp installation.

    When you get the pop up in Windows asking if want to activate it now, click Yes.
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    OK !

    I do like to overthink, and plan for the worst, but then as a long term windows user... Can you blame me? lol

    As an example, see my recent thread about a EM330 mobile phone !

    But Your right, I'll give it a go

    Will report back later

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    Well I tried it. Not that impressed actually. Rather over complicated for the simple thing I need (Just the odd program, now and then)

    I also found it rather intrusive on the mac osx, as opposed to virtually invisible, like the site suggested... (Probably just needed more configuration I suppose...)

    But in all honesty, it was an interesting exercise, but not for me. So I have unistalled.

    Thanks for all the help though, and it did not want to activate my win install. It said it was illegal!

    I think that when I occasionally need a certain program, a reboot (in my case) may be quicker than using parallels

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    Mine said it was illegal also, but it still activated.

    I don't even launch the Windows side of my Mac but about once every 2-3 months anymore. Come to think of it, not even sure why I have XP and Win7 installed on it at all.
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