Windows Virtual PC for MAC

I have a client who has a MAC and wants to run a financial software package on it that is only available on Windows based systems.
I know we can run it on a MAC in a Windows Virtual PC environment.
Do we have to purchase a license for this Virtual PC for Mac or can we simply download it and install?

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mbellettyAsked:
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FRiCXConnect With a Mentor Commented:
VirtualBox, Parallels Desktop, or VMware Fusion let you install a complete virtual Windows system inside OS X.

If you're more adventurous, you could try Wine or Crossover, which let you run a single Windows application inside OS X, without having to install the entire OS.

Free:
http://www.virtualbox.org/
http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/wine/

Commercial:
http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/
http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/
http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/
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rockiroadsCommented:
seems so but there is this freebie open source one  http://www.virtualbox.org/
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larsrohrCommented:
Windows licensing is still required.
If you're running Windows, it'll need to be a properly-licensed copy.
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mbellettyAuthor Commented:
So do I need to purchase VMWare and a Windows license?  Or by purchasing VMWare do I get WIndows XP Home or similar?
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larsrohrCommented:
The Windows license is separate.
Which is great if you happen to have volume-licensed Windows media around, or a licensed copy you no longer have a machine for.

Not so great if you are purchasing it from scratch.  You have to buy both.
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FRiCXCommented:
If you go with the Wine / Crossover as above, you don't need to buy a Windows license.
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mbellettyAuthor Commented:
OK

So if I have a Windows XP Home Disc, I can use it in the MAC to install WIndows XP Home partnered with the VMWare?
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larsrohrCommented:
If it's a retail copy of Windows XP Home, it should be no problem at all.
But if you are currently running the same XP Home license on your home machine, you'll be violating the terms of the license.

If it's an OEM copy of Windows XP Home (i.e. a Dell-repackaged install disk for XP Home), then it may or may not work -- I'm not sure.  And it might violate any Dell/Microsoft license agreement to even install it on a machine other than the one it was purchased with.  Your mileage may vary.
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strungCommented:
Also, when you install Windows on the Mac, it will ask for an authentication code from the CD sleeve and if you have already used that code on another machine, it won't let you authenticate.

By the way, I am dubious about Crossovers. It supports only a very limited number of Windows programs.

Long and short, you will likely have to buy Parallels or VMWare Fusion, which are not expensive, plus a licenced copy of Windows.

See:  http://macwindows.com/winintelmac.html
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