PC Emulation on Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jd2683, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. jd2683 macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2012
    Hello all. I'm new to this forum, so I'm hoping someone has some advice. Basically my PC broke (broken screen on a laptop) so I replaced it with a MacBook Pro running Lion's latest iteration. The specs are as follows:
    4 gb ram, 2.7 GHz Intel i7, 500 gb HD. I removed the hard drive from my old PC and put it in an enclosure to create an external HD. There is nothing wrong with the external HD. The mac recognizes it when I plug it in. The external has Windows 7 installed on it. However, all of my personal files are encrypted and thus the Mac can't access them. I'm wondering if there is a way to mount the existing instillation of Windows 7 on the external in a virtual machine such as bootcamp or parallels? Thanks for your advice.

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    To run Windows apps on your Mac, you need to install Windows via Boot Camp or use Parallels or VMware Fusion.

    If you don't have a Windows license, you can use CrossOver to run some applications. Not all Windows apps are compatible with CrossOver. Check their site for compatible apps.
  3. jd2683 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2012
    I do have a windows license and valid product key. the issue is I can't do an install from an emulator as I don't have windows disks. I'm not worried about running windows based apps, but the files I have that I need from the windows hard drive are encrypted, and thus I must be able to log into that instillation of windows to access them. I know with Linx Wine you can run a VM from an existing windows instillation on an external hard drive. Is there any such way to do so on Mac?
  4. chainprayer macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    I've had the best experience (compatibility, speed) with VMWare fusion. I highly recommend it! It has a great wizard for installing just about any OS. I have DOS and Windows 3.1 for my classic childhood games.
  5. jd2683 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2012
    cool. do you have to do a clean install using a VM ware created partition? Or can I mount an existing windows instillation?
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If can mount an existing installation provided its on a bootcamp partition, i.e., installed on your mac. Vmware offers a converter toolto export a windows system to a vmware system. Here's a URL to see how it works
  7. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    How were the file encrypted?
    Was it using Windows built in encryption or some other application?

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