Parallels 8 installation ...

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  1. haumana macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2008
    Iʻve done searches, but have not found an answer for the issue Iʻm facing...

    I have a Mac Pro (tower) and am running 10.6.8 - Fusion 2 w/XP on the HD in bay 2. I have Snow Leopard installed on one HD and Mountain Lion installed another. I only run one OR the other, never both at the same time in the rig.

    Iʻm upgrading to Mountain Lion and Fusion 2 is not compatible. I bought Parallels 8 to install on the new Mountain Lion HD, but need to know how to install Parallels 8 to the new HD, and not have to "reinstall" XP.

    Basically, I just need Parallels to open the existing XP HD. Can someone tell me if this is possible, or do I have to go back to Fusion (and upgrade while on my Snow Leopard HD), or if my request is just too crazy to ask for? :eek:

    I apologize if I confused anyone.

    Thanks for your time and attention!
  2. hakuin, Sep 26, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2012

    hakuin macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
    You can convert your Fusion VM to use with Parallels. Two simple steps:

    1. Make sure that the VMware image file is not split into 2 GB files (check setting under VMWare)
    2. Select Open in Parallels (after step 1 is complete) and open the VMware machine. A virtual machine conversion will start automatically.

    Taken from here:

    As Parallels 8 is compatible with Snow Leopard, you can do the conversion before upgrading to Mountain Lion, if you want.

    To be safe, you may want to create a backup of your VMware image before doing the above.
  3. haumana thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2008
    Awesome! Okay, I get that I can do the upgrade and then migrate P8 right into Mountain Lion.

    Stupid question: How do I find the vmware image? I checked settings in vmfusion, but it mostly gives me options to control how it interacts with the XP installation. Am I looking in the wrong place?
  4. hakuin macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010

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