Using a Boot Camp Partition for both VM and Dual Boot

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by elg0rillo, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. elg0rillo macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2009
    I just installed Windows XP to a Boot Camp Partition on my MBP. However, rebooting is a hassle and naturally I want to avoid doing such as often as possible. I think running Parallels Desktop would suit my needs quite well. But here's the catch: I want to be able to use one partition to serve both of those needs. In other words I want have the option of booting through both Boot Camp or Parallels.

    How would I go about doing this? I already have a XP installed via Boot Camp. So if there is a method where I don't have to reinstall, great, but I am fine with deleting stuff.
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    It should detect the BC partition and prompt you to use it as the VM automatically. I know Fusion does.
  3. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    As stated, Fusion easily does this, I think Parallels should as well. You won't need to reinstall anything.
  4. elg0rillo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2009
    Thank you very much. I just downloaded the trial of vmware fusion and it works wonderfully. This is exactly what I needed.
  5. stevieboy macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2009
    What is the best way to activate Windows through boot camp or through Parallels? I have read that there are issue's when activating Windows as Parallels changes the configuration of the VM. I will also be installing AutoCAD 2010 which i have also read can have activation issues.

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