Got Windows with Parallels installes, but also want Boot Camp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by -mattias-, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. -mattias- macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2009
    Right now, I got Parallels with Windows 7 installed on my mac. But I also want to add bootcamp, so I can open Windows when booted.

    Is it possible to add the current Windows 7 system files and personal files to a bootcamp? If so, what should I do?
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    What you are looking to do is called a V2P migration. (virtual to physical) and can be very tricky.

    Your best bet is to reinstall W7 in Boot Camp, migrate the files and programs you need over and then open your Boot Camp install in Parallels.

    If you bought an OEM/System Builder license for Parallels, you may be in trouble as it is tied to the first machine it sees. You may (or not) be able to activate it in Boot Camp, but your right to move it is not explicitly given by the EULA.


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