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MIgrating from PC to MAC w/ Parallels.. Can I bring over OS?

I want to move my windows 7 operating system over to my new mac without buying a new copy. I have tons of programs...including stuff that slows the thing down that I don't want to transfer.

Parallels tech support says I can migrate it over but doesn't seem to know if there is a way to do that without bringing over all the crap. Can I bring it over, then format back to the OS? or maybe bring it over and upgrade to windows 8 which has an option to upgrade to clean OS?

Any ideas or experience?


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Re: moving OS

In reply to: MIgrating from PC to MAC w/ Parallels.. Can I bring over OS?

- If it is a retail copy and you remove it from your old PC (throw it away or install Linux instead), you can reuse the license on your mac, although you'll need to do a new install from the original dvd.
- If it's an OEM copy that came with that old PC, the license is limited to that particular machine and can't be transferred legally, so you can't install the upgrade copy of Windows 8 either legally. You'll need to buy a full version.

Since you didn't tell if it's retail or OEM, I can't tell which of the two applies.


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No you can't.

In reply to: MIgrating from PC to MAC w/ Parallels.. Can I bring over OS?

Let me be the bad person here and break the news to you that such is not going to be supported or supportable.

I'm guessing you have a PC with the OS installed and missing the OS DVD. Moving such a system has been done but that is not your question or goal it seems. You want the OS without the other stuff and that's where the answer is no.

It's a shame folk avoid telling folk that ask such no. I think they don't want to hurt the person's feelings and figure they'll figure it out soon enough.

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