Mix and match 32-bit and 64-bit Windows on a Mac

April 28th, 2008

Question: I'm running 32-bit Windows Vista Ultimate inside Parallels on a Mac but I'd like to experiment with 64-bit Windows. Can I install 64-bit Windows into Parallels.

As long as you are using the latest incarnation of Parallels then, yes, you can. You are also free to mix and match 32-bit and 64-bit. I've tried it and it works well.

Windows users can do the same thing using a application such as VMware Workstation. However, not that while you can install Virtual PC 2007 on a 64-bit OS, you can't install a 64-bit version of Windows as a guest OS.

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