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    Parallels Migration License Questions

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    Parallels Migration License Questions
    So I'm in a small mess of a situation..

    I have a MacBook Pro, and recently purchased Parallels 8 since there are two programs at work that refuse to work for a Mac.

    Problem is one program is only for WIndows XP, and the other is for Windows 7/8.

    I'm pretty sure making multiple virtual machines for each operating system won't be a problem. I have a licensed XP Disc and that installed fine.

    My primary questions is regarding Windows 7/8...

    I don't have a Windows 7 CD to do an install, but have a desktop with Windows 7 installed on it. HOWEVER I don't have the license number for that copy of Windows.

    Should/Can I simply migrate that computer over to the Mac? Or will it ask me for a license number? I also do not have any experience with the migration so I don't completely understand how that works, I am going to start reading around about that now, but wanted to begin the thread and see if I could save some time.

    Thanks for all your help, as always.

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    Parallels Migration License Questions
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    One license per machine, and since MS has activation in force you won't be able to migrate that copy of Windows 7 or 8. You need to purchase another copy of Windows 7 or 8 - and it has to be a full install version.

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    Parallels Migration License Questions

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    Thanks for the response....

    I'm a little confused. What's the purpose of "migrating" if you simply have to purchase another license and install...that doesn't sound like migrating at all, just sounds like installing a new version of Windows.

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    Parallels Migration License Questions
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    Migrating Windows applications and data to Mac OS X is not the same as migrating an entire operating system for use in Parallels. The Windows Migration Assistant is a free download from the Apple servers: LINK. However, when installing Parallels or Fusion to create a virtual machine for Windows, you're expected to use a full install licensed version of Windows. Whether it be from a virtual machine or a dual boot using Boot Camp, Windows activation is required.

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    Parallels Migration License Questions

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    Now THAT makes total sense. Guess I'm off to buy a new copy of Windows...bummer.

    Thanks for your help. Cleared everything up.

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