Boot Camp / Parallels – Windows 8.1 licence downgrade to Windows 7 and OEM– possible with Mac?
Posted on 2014-01-08
I have to setup three new Apple Mac Air’s running Windows 7 as the users like Apple hardware. Two will be with boot camp booting directly into windows always, the other will be using parallels flipping between the two.
In each case, the users want Windows 7. However I’m not sure what the deal is here?
Can I get a windows 7 OEM licence? As Windows 7 boxed retail editions are harder to come by.
Am I better of buying a Windows 8 PRO OEM, and using the downgrade rights to downgrade to Windows 7
I guess in summary I’m asking:
1) Can I use an OEM version with bootcamp use, or do I need a full boxed version?
2) Either way, if I get Windows 8 Pro, can I downgrade to Windows 7 in the context of running on a Mac Air running boot camp or parallels
Thanks in advance.