Can Windows 7 be used for BootCamp if it was installed using VMWare's Fusion?

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  1. itsme0209 macrumors newbie

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    hi. I installed Windows 7 through VMWare Fusion's easy setup. Can I use this existing Windows installation to make a BootCamp partition? I know Windows can be used vice versa (BootCamp first, then VMWare), but I already installed Windows 7 with VMware first.

    Also, can I use the same installation of Windows for Parallel Desktop 5?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    No

    You will have to make an installation for Bootcamp separately
    Then your Bootcamp partition can be accessed by Fusion

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. itsme0209 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How about for using Parallels desktop? Same situation?
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Parallels can access a Bootcamp partition once it is installed or you can install it separately in Parallels, but Parallels cannot access the Windows installation within Fusion

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  5. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Installing through VMWare Fusion means you installed it onto a virtual disk, not an actual partition. Same goes for Parallels or VirtualBox. You can only do the other way if you want Boot Camp and Fusion/Parallels access.
     
  6. itsme0209 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow. That kinda sucks. I no longer have the windows installation disc. Ok, thank you both for your help!
     
  7. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    In the PC world is has been done and VMware offers some suggestions. Such a project is not for the faint of heart. It can be very complex and I'm not sure any of the utilities referenced will work with the Mac's EFI-based system.

    As always, make sure you have a complete system backup before attempting anything that could wipe out your working OS X partition.

    http://www.vmware.com/support/v2p/

    Cheers,
     
  8. itsme0209 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks panzer. Looks a little involved, but its nice to know there actually is a way to accomplish this. :D
     

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