New Mac. How to migrate windows with Parallels without buying new OS

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    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?

    thanks!!
     
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    maflynn

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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.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I plan to use Parallels 8
     
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    maflynn

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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
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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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    maflynn

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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.
     
  7. macrumors 601

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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.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How can you check this?
     

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