Windows on a Mac: More Expensive Than You Thought

Stephen Wildstrom

Microsoft has thrown a nasty curve ball to folks who want to run Windows Vista on their Macs using Parallels Desktop virtual machine software, at least if they care about complying with license requirements. As described by Parallels' Ben Rudolph, the Vista end user license agreement prohibits the use of Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium "within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system.”

This means that instead of the Home versions, priced at $199 and $239 ($99 or $199 if upgrading over a copy of Windows XP), you have to plunk down an extra $100 for Vista Business to run it legally on a Mac or in any other virtual machine setup. Microsoft does not actually impose any technical restrictions that would prevent the Home versions from running in Parallels; it is purely a legal issue.

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