Play the game You have to learn to play the game with companies like Parallels. I just got a P7 upgrade (actually the full version) for $30. that's fine. I paid up until 5. then i figured out how to use P6 without a license because I was annoyed at these crazy upgrade policies. i've been a licensed user since P3. anyway, i bought vmware 3 in a really cheap bundle offered by smith micro a couple years ago. the price of the bundle was a great deal and vmware 3 was just a "throw in" for me because I use parallels. so now with the ML debacle, I just used my obsolete vmware 3 license to buy P7 for $30 using the competitive upgrade. Just do whatever you need to do to get around all this mess. I am a P customer but I will play their little game as they put me in a position where I have to in order to use their software. I'd have moved to vmware but the cost was higher than leveraging my old vmware 3 license to get P7. so i will use P7 now, likely skip P8 and take advantage of discounts they offer maybe for P9. we'll see. just play their little game if you can.