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    Parallels 6: Win 7 Virtual Machine without disc?

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    Parallels 6: Win 7 Virtual Machine without disc?
    Hello,

    I am trying to use Windows 7 in Parallels 6 on my Macbook Pro. I bought and downloaded Parallels 6, installed it, everything fine. I also bought Windows 7 online. The Windows 7 I bought came with a download (.exe file) and also a hard copy of the disk that I will receive in the mail.

    Is there a way to create my Windows 7 virtual machine under parallels 6 without the installation disk? Or will I just have to wait until I receive the disk in the mail? Thanks for your time.

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    Jared

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    Parallels 6: Win 7 Virtual Machine without disc?
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    You should be able to run the Windows 7 executable to create an install DVD. Have you tried that yet?

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    Parallels 6: Win 7 Virtual Machine without disc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    You should be able to run the Windows 7 executable to create an install DVD. Have you tried that yet?
    Thanks and no I haven't tried this. What would I need to do this, as I'm not exactly sure how to do it. Since Mac doesn't like .exe files, how will I write it to DVD? Thanks again

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    Parallels 6: Win 7 Virtual Machine without disc?
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    you will need to borrow a Windows computer, unfortunately. or a Mac already running Boot Camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robduckyworth View Post
    you will need to borrow a Windows computer, unfortunately. or a Mac already running Boot Camp.
    Ok, I'm guessing this isn't as simple as downloading the .exe file and then burning it to a CD-R is it? Thanks

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    No. You can't burn an executable to a CD or DVD as it will only be a copy of the original file and will not be able to boot the machine.

    Microsoft assumes when you download from their store that you can make a DVD from the executable. If you don't have access to a Win machine you'll just have to wait until the backup DVD arrives in the mail. Don't lose your product key in the meantime!

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    I know this is not the best solution, however, you can probably find the ISO file floating around on the internet somewhere.... then use your product key. Please read between the lines if what i am saying. I dont find this illegal since you have paid for the product already.

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    Not illegal but a mite dangerous as malwares and trojans are often distributed via pirated software. Suggest waiting a few days.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Parallels 6: Win 7 Virtual Machine without disc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boosted_Brian View Post
    I know this is not the best solution, however, you can probably find the ISO file floating around on the internet somewhere.... then use your product key. Please read between the lines if what i am saying. I dont find this illegal since you have paid for the product already.
    Not illegal? You bet it is since Microsoft does not distribute its operating systems in that manner. Not only that, the product key he has will likely not match up with the pirated ISO. And even if it did, it would not pass the MS Genuine Windows test.

    Also, we do not allow any discussion of illegal activity in these forums. Please refrain from doing so. Read our guidelines which you will find in my signature line. Thanks for your cooperation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Not illegal? You bet it is since Microsoft does not distribute its operating systems in that manner. Not only that, the product key he has will likely not match up with the pirated ISO. And even if it did, it would not pass the MS Genuine Windows test.

    Also, we do not allow any discussion of illegal activity in these forums. Please refrain from doing so. Read our guidelines which you will find in my signature line. Thanks for your cooperation.
    Maybe I am misunderstanding something... How would this be any different from purchasing a software online that comes with one license, for whatever reason you must wipe your machine, so you download a trail version of the program and enter your reg. key to unlock the full program. HE PAID FOR THE SOFTWARE. There is nothing illegal about that. He paid for it.

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    Parallels 6: Win 7 Virtual Machine without disc?
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    Yes. The software he paid for is en route. Downloading pirate software is not paying for software and pirate sites operate outside the law.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Parallels 6: Win 7 Virtual Machine without disc?

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    Ok, I have access to a Windows PC. Do I need to download a program to burn the image to a disk so that it will be in the correct format to install in the Mac? I appreciate all the help everyone.

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    Parallels 6: Win 7 Virtual Machine without disc?

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    Can anyone help me out with this? Like I said, I have access to a PC, and I have the .exe file and my product code from the email. The disc has still not arrived and I need Win 7 on my computer before the weekend.

    So how can I burn the disk with the .exe file on the PC so that I can install it on my Mac for Parallels 6?

    Do I need a certain program? Does it have to be a DVD instead of just a CD-R? Help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Parallels 6: Win 7 Virtual Machine without disc?
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    Have you run the *.exe file yet on the PC? Do that first. The rest will be self explanatory.

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