Boot Camp & Virtualization with one Windows Installation???

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MacVault, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    Is there or will there be any way to run Windows in Parallels or VMWare, and then if I need the full power of the computer boot up that same installation in Boot Camp??? So I don't need one installation for Boot Camp and another installation for Parallelse/VMWare??? Know what I mean??? This would be so sweet!
  2. slackersonly macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    while that would be nice, I havent seen anything that indicates it on the horizon.
  3. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    You wouldn't be able to use the same install, but theoretically (I haven't tried this), you could do something like:
    1. Install windows using Boot Camp on a FAT32 partition (just to be sure, not sure if it needs to be FAT32).
    2. Install windows on Parallels.
    3. Map the boot camped partition as a network drive in the Parallels install.
    4. This is where it gets hazy ... point all the directories, e.g. "Program Files" and "My Documents" to the ones on the mapped boot camp partition. I say "hazy" because, although installed executables would be available, they wouldn't be registered in the Windows Registry in Parallels, and I'm not sure how well they would run, if at all. And you still need two installs. Documents and data files could be shared this way, though.

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