parrallels problem

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by d15p4tch, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. d15p4tch macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2007
    hey, I'm having a problem with parallels. Basically, after i install windows it will run, but when i shut windows down, parallels i guess uninstalls it or something because when i hit the play button to start the parallels desktop, it prompts me to install an OS. Anyone know what to do? thanks.
  2. DerChef macrumors 6502


    Apr 29, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    I am not 100% sure what you mean by play I guess you are referring to the green "start virtual machine" arrow.

    You should have a folder in "documents" called "parallels" (if you did a normal installation) in it should be another folder with "Microsoft Windows XP (I am assuming its XP you are using) in this :) you should have two key files winxp.hdd which should be anything above about 3 GB in size and another file called Microsoft Windows XP.pvs

    Does parallels start normally when you double click the .pvs file directly ?

    In the parallels menubar click "edit" and "virtual machine" and check that hard drive 1 is pointed to the right location in OS X.
  3. d15p4tch thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2007
    ok so the folder parallels folder in documents is empty? But in applications under virtual machines, i do have those two files and when i click to open .pvs file, parallels does open and prompts me to install windows xp by choosing either express or custom. The hard drive is directed to the .hdd file
  4. Freakofnature macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2007
    ok. so create a new folder under the documents folder and call it Parallels.

    Now, take both those files that you fund in your applications folder and move them to the newly created parallels folder.

    It should work now.

    Now fix the shortcut by starting parallels from that folder, click on the new parallels icon in the dock and click on keep in dock.

    that should help.

    let us know.
  5. d15p4tch thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2007
    alright i did all that and when i turned off windows it still did the same thing. any other suggestions would be appreciated
  6. user13 macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2006
    #6 - is my only suggestion.
    Obtain membership there if you wish to use Parallels longtime, this might be very useful

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