If you care about running Windows on a Mac, youâ€™ve undoubtedly heard that the end user license agreement (EULA) for Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium forbids you to use these versions of Microsoftâ€™s latest operating system release with virtualization softwareâ€”software that allows you to run operating systems other than the Mac OS in a windowed environment within the Mac OS. Such virtualization software includes the popular Parallels Desktop for Mac. What the reports on this matter donâ€™t reveal is whether this is simply a legal restriction or also a technical one….
Cutting briefly to the chase, Vista Home Premium installed perfectly well. Once it was up and running I noticed that the Aero effect was nowhere to be seenâ€”Parallels simply couldnâ€™t emulate the kind of graphic card/power necessary to make it work. I then asked Vista to install the latest Vista updatesâ€”something I understood to be a problem for others who tried it.
Vista Home Premium running on a Mac via the latest Parallels Desktop beta
No problem. Vista downloaded the updates, installed them, I restarted, and everything continued to work.