3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 6, 2010 10:21 AM by Lucas Littlewood
Lucas Littlewood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have installed Windows 7 Pro through Parallels and it activated fine, after deleting the virtual machine and then tried installing it through Boot Camp it installed fine but when it came to putting in the product key it would not accept it, it is official as I bought it through the Microsoft website and it activated through Parallels. I can't understand why it won't activate through Boot Camp? Please help!

13" MacBook Pro (2010), Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.4 GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3, 250GB HDD
  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (11,670 points)
    Lucas Littlewood wrote:
    I have installed Windows 7 Pro through Parallels and it activated fine, after deleting the virtual machine and then tried installing it through Boot Camp it installed fine but when it came to putting in the product key it would not accept it, it is official as I bought it through the Microsoft website and it activated through Parallels. I can't understand why it won't activate through Boot Camp? Please help!


    Windows sees different hardware (network adapter mac address, etc.) now that you are installing with Bootcamp than when you installed with Parallels. This is why it is wanting another activation (it thinks you are installing on another computer). Did you try the activation process when it gave you the message? It is an automated process that is easy to complete. If the online process does not work, call the activation number and you'll be guided through an automated process. Again this is a simple to follow process. And the second activation is free.
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,880 points)
    Maybe if you read up on Parallels Activation process. It is designed to be installed natively and activated and then in Parallels after installing Parallels Tools.

    And according to Microsoft (not sure how Parallels gets around it) a VM does count as one activation.
  • Lucas Littlewood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the comments, it turned out that the product key was valid although I had to activate over the phone instead, bizarre but that Microsoft. Thanks again for the help.