Porting Windows 10 Parallels VM to Bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jzlomie26, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. jzlomie26 macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2015
    Plainfield, Illinois
    Hey All,

    So a few weeks back I downloaded Windows 10 and installed it as a Parallels VM. I used a Windows 8 ISO, activated my product key, and then upgraded from there. Is there a way for Parallels to export my virtual machine such that I can install it on a Bootcamp partition?

    Or do I simply have to do a reinstall via Bootcamp?

    Any assistance is greatly appreciated!
  2. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I think you'll have to reinstall although don't expect your Windows 10 license to work.
    When you activated it on the VM it locked it to that hardware configuration.
    If you reinstall it in Bootcamp Windows will interpret it as a completely different computer.
  3. St-knaus macrumors newbie


    Jul 27, 2015
    I saw, that in Parallels 11 the issue with boot camp and VM activation has been resolved, but as for me i didn't test it yet..
  4. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    A lot of people in this thread are still having the problem.

    It started out as a Parallels 10 thread but as it goes on people with 11 are saying the problem persists.
    I don't believe it's a problem that's going to be fixed either. Using the same Windows license for a Bootcamp installation and in a VM is a violation of the license terms. Simple as that.
    People can use the Microsoft support phone number and lie about how many installations they're using but other than that the only way Parallels can fix it is to start including a Windows license and I doubt they're going to do that.

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