- 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.
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?