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Give up now before it's too late.
on 18 April 2007
This is probably the worst purchase I have made in years. What nobody tells you when you buy this item is that the activation code included with this item is a 'regional' code which marks it out as a UK retail edition. This may not seem like a problem until you find out that not all versions of the software support regional codes. If you type the code suplied with this box into the latest version (as of 07/03/07) or any of the release candidates released before hand you will simply get a message saying 'This code is not supported by this version'.
The code will work with the version supplied with the box, however, this presents two problems. The first is that the version you get is over a year old and is missing most of the useful features advertied on the website (such as USB2 support, external hard drive support, incresed graphical performance, drag and drop file sharing, etc). The second, and most annoying, is that if you have installed a newer version on your Mac (ever) it will not even let you install it. Even if you uninstall it will still say 'A newer version of this software already exists on this system'. The only way around this is either to reintall OSX from scratch and reformat the drive or to do something incredibly clever and incomprehensile with unix scripts.
I have emailed Parallels twice and Avanquest (the UK distribution company) but neither have replied and the forum community seem stumped. Couple this with the fact that it does not support OpenGL or DirectX drivers, meaning that it is unable to run any game less that 12 years old, makes this a worthless investment. £45 for a box and an instruction book, sounds unreasonable when I put it like that doesn't it?