On 28-Apr-08, at 10:52 AM, pctech-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

Doing the right thing, do I need to
spend the $269.99?

No - buy the OEM version. I've been running that Parallels /XP Pro configuration for over 6 months now.

Since your hardware did not come with a preloaded version of Windows you meet all the criteria for the OEM license.

By the way - last time I checked Tiger Direct was cheaper than New Egg. Also don't buy Parallels retail - it is almost invariably out of date. I was lucky that I had read a post to that effect and the helpful staffer at BestBuy confirmed that they were selling an old release. Reason being that Parallels upgrade policy is not the most generous in the world and many people found they were on a back release with "brand new" software and had to pay an upgrade fee.

P.S. I don't regard moving from Vista to XP as a "downgrade" - maybe "down level"? <grin>

Jon Paris


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