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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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New Mac. How to migrate windows with Parallels without buying new OS

I want to move my windows 7 operating system over to my new mac without buying a new copy. I have tons of programs...including stuff that slows the thing down that I don't want to transfer.

Parallels tech support says I can migrate it over but doesn't seem to know if there is a way to do that without bringing over all the crap. Can I bring it over, then format back to the OS? or maybe bring it over and upgrade to windows 8 which has an option to upgrade to clean OS?

Any ideas or experience?

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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:17 AM   #2
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Are you using bootcamp or a virtual file? For me if I move the directory for VMware over to a machine it does what you're asking.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:23 AM   #3
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I plan to use Parallels 8
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:25 AM   #4
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By default if you're using parallel's virtual machine and not bootcamp with parallels then that virtual machine is stored here /<Username>/Documents/Parallels/

Move that folder to the new machine, install parallels and double click the file within the folder and it will start up
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:28 AM   #5
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I am a bit confused.

I currently have a Windows 7 PC. I bought a new 2012 Imac and want to move the Windows operating system over to use in Parallels for a few Windows programs that I still need.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:33 AM   #6
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Sorry, I thought you were talking about moving an existing parallels virtual machine to a new Mac.

Do a search on Using Parallels Transporter on parallel's site. I believe that utility allows you to import a physical computer to a virtual machine.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 09:12 AM   #7
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I want to move my windows 7 operating system over to my new mac without buying a new copy.
First verify that you can per MS's licensing agreement for the copy of Windows 7. Certain editions cannot be migrated IIRC.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 09:56 AM   #8
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First verify that you can per MS's licensing agreement for the copy of Windows 7. Certain editions cannot be migrated IIRC.
How can you check this?
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