So I have a legit copy of Windows 8 Pro. The retail install disk.
I installed Windows 8 on my gaming PC launch day, but I did not want to take the full plunge, so I installed it on a separate partition. As a result I am obviously dual booting Windows 8 Pro and Windows 7 Pro Ultimate.
Truth be told, I have barely used Windows 8. My gaming PC is really just that, I use it for gaming and streaming media to my gaming consoles. So I do not even use it that much unfortunately these days, and since I have Windows 7 completely set up how I need it and want it, I just boot into it and have pretty much forgotten about 8 on that computer.
Thing is, I want to start really using Windows 8. I feel like I would like it once I do based on the few hours I did check it out on my gaming PC.
So, I have decided since I use my Macbook Pro Retina for 95% of my computing, I am going to go ahead and purchase a copy of Parallels Desktop 8
so I can use Windows 8 on my Macbook (Amazon has it for $56, and from what I have read, Boot Camp currently does not support Windows 8, or I would definitely use it since it is Apple's free solution to run Windows).
So what is the easiest way as far as the key is concerned that I can go about installing Windows 8 through Parallels?
For my Windows 8 installation on my Gaming PC, I actually upgraded to the free Media Center Pack that was being offered when Windows 8 first launched. So that is the key that is currently active on my Windows 8 install.
So my question is, can I use the original key I used before upgrading to the Media Center Pack on the copy I install on Parallels? Or is it going to tell me the key is in use?
If so, I will go ahead and deactivate the Windows 8 key on my gaming PC
, but prefer not to for the obvious reason of I would rather be able to run it on both computers, especially if I do come to really like it through the Macbook, I would make the switch on my gaming PC.
Or, do I not realize it, and am I allowed to use the same key on a few different computers? For some reason, I feel like with Windows 7 Pro, I was able to install it on a few different computers. That may be Windows 7 Pro Ultimate though, and I definitely only have Windows 8 pro AFAIK.