"Bootcamping" through Parallels/VMWare

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by vorbb, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. vorbb macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2010
    Hey guys,

    Do either Parallels or VMWare allow me to boot in to a full instance of Windows?

    Basically, I'd like to be able to run Windows within OS X, but also have the option of botting solely in to Windows.

    Is this an option, or would I have to install two copies of Windows, one for virtualization and one for Bootcamp?

    Thanks guys!
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Both Parallels and Fusion allow you to boot your existing Boot Camp partitions. Install first to Boot Camp, then when you run Parallels/Fusion it will ask you if you want to run your Boot Camp install as a VM. Activation is handled via installation of VMWare Tools or the Parallels equivalent.


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