Can I 'convert' a Parallels Windows 10 to a bootcamp install while keeping everything?


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Aug 24, 2007
A client asked me if he could do this - essentially he wants to keep his Windows 10 install exactly as it is, with programs and data etc, but he wants to access it via bootcamp instead of via Parallels. I told him that I would look into it, but that it struck me as unlikely to be possible. I've now looked around the web and have been unable to really find enough people TRYING to do exactly this to be able to get a solid answer on whether it's possible and if so, how it would be done.

My client was told by the geniuses at the Microsoft store that they could do it, so he's basically daring me to say I can't find a way. Does anyone have any info on whether this can be done? Please don't suggest other ways to get a good outcome - he is very specific about what he wants and I've already tried talking him out of it and into other solutions. He wants to no longer use Parallels, to start using Bootcamp, and to keep his Windows install exactly as is, with programs, settings and data.

Thank you for any help!


macrumors regular
Jun 14, 2018
As others have said, no way to go from Parallels to Bootcamp. You would need to setup the bootcamp, and then run a system migration tool between those two systems (could transfer Parallels VM to another machine so both could be on at the same time to complete that transfer)