Windows On Mac :: Creating Boot Camp Partiton From Parallels VM - Can The Process Be Reversed
Apr 18, 2009
I have seen in the Parallels instructions that you can create a new Virtual Machine from an existing Boot Camp partition - but is the reverse possible??I have a functioning Windows XP VM in Parallels and have unsuccessfully tried to create a Boot Camp partition (trust me I tried all the conventional ways) but failed. So the question is can I somehow convert my Windows XP VM into a bootable Boot Camp partition? I tried copying the files of my VM into the Boot Camp partition, but when booting I get an error that it is not a bootable volume.
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Aug 14, 2010
I have loaded XP with boot camp on about 20 IMAC's over the last 6 months at my work. Everything has gone fine until about 1 month ago. When finished instaaling the Mac drivers and when rebooted, in XP, boot camp creates not only the 'C' drive labelled "Boot Camp", but also creates and mounts permemently a 'F' drive on the Windows computer. The 'F' drive is no longer mapable on the XP. I can't have an 'F' drive because other softwatre on the XP need to map a 'F' drive.
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Jan 4, 2010
Why is it creating an 'F' drive and how do I get it to stop, like the other 20 installs that went fine.
Some details, - yes the Windows partition is very large, usually 500gb
No, I keep it from connecting to the internet - some one said that might be the reason.
I am going to install Win7 on my MBP, as I just bought a Sony Ericsson C905a phone and to flash (debrand it), I need windows to accomplish this . To do everything else, there are plug ins for Mac, but whatever. I have NEVER done this before. Upon my search, I learned that you cannot install an OS onto an external drive. This was AFTER i had backed up my external to reformat it for Win7.
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Aug 20, 2010
I've been a PowerMac G4 user for years now but I'm finally ready to move on. I'm trying to make preparations for my transition to an Intel Mac to be as painless as possible. I own a lot of games for Mac OS X and on one hand, it doesn't make me thrilled coming to terms with the fact some of my games may no longer work or be as playable under Leopard or Snow Leopard, but I'm also very eager to be able to play all the Windows games I couldn't even consider before so I think it balances out. I'm not really a Windows user, but I want to set up Boot Camp as smoothly as possible to expand my gaming experience.
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May 17, 2009
What I'm proposing to do is use Boot Camp to install Windows 7 Home Premium (or Professional*) 64-bit on a partition as my primary Windows O/S but then I also want Windows XP Pro SP3 to run games which simply refuse to cooperate with Windows 7 (such as Will Rock). So basically, Windows XP to play earlier games and Windows 7 for newer games and everything else.
Which setup would be better? 1) Natively run Windows 7 and emulate Windows XP with Parallels Desktop 5 or 2) A dual Boot Camp setup with Windows 7 and Windows XP on their own partitions both running natively?
I want Windows 7 64-bit since Mac Pro hardware is 64-bit but if I emulate Windows XP, I'll only need 32-bit since virtual software can only do 32-bit. (I don't think I would get much benefit from Windows XP Professional x64 unless I wasn't running it through virtualisation). I know already I'll have to format as NFTS but I think MacFUSE or MacDrive or Paragon can be used to view/read/write my Windows files while back under OS X. Would it be okay to have both Windows partitions existing on a single hard drive or should I move Windows to its own separate hard drive? (Would my FPS and performance from older games take a hit much if played through Parallels Desktop 5? I saw some bench tests running Halo CE and Knights of the Old Republic with both Parallels and VMWare Fusion with Windows XP and the results from Parallels were so good you couldn't even tell it was an emulator. With this logic, I wouldn't think I'd even notice the difference playing older games through it).
Slightly off-topic but still related or maybe I should have made two topics?: I have an option to get two 1TB Serial ATA hard drives or a single 2TB Serial ATA hard drive. I also need to get over 4 GB of memory to take advantage of the 64-bit capabilities. I'm thinking a Quad-Core 2.8-3.2 GHz model, or would I want to splurge for a 6-Core or 8-Core? I will be doing some photo editing with Photoshop, but nothing studio intensive. I want the best gaming experience possible but have done some research and it doesn't seem throwing more cores at something is always the solution to improve performance. (Not to mention it would be an added expense and I could be using that money to buy more games). Also will I encounter any problems with the graphics card? It looks like it comes with an ATI Radeon HD 5770 but I can upgrade it to 5870 for $200 extra. Also is it better to have a wireless or wired keyboard? I read some posts saying Windows didn't like the wireless keyboard when users had to do reinstallations involving the drivers.
Since I plan on using both versions of Windows mainly for gaming. I also am undecided as to what sizes I should make my partitions but I definitely will need them larger than the default suggestions. I don't want to discover I need more space and have to go back and resize my partitions if I can help it. I know already just having about 3 or 4 of the newer Windows games installed on a PC can easily take up 80 GB right there. On my Mac I have about 50 GB of games installed right now. I'm also a collector of mods for games so I'm also thinking ahead of needing more space for Unreal Tournament 3 and Half-Life 2 and whatever other games have tons of mods and total conversions. (My Mac Unreal Tournament and Unreal Tournament 2004 folders are already almost 8 GB each just from downloaded mods). (I'm sure I'll need a web browser to more easily download Windows games since whenever I search on my Mac it always finds Mac versions first, plus I'd be able to finally download from FilePlanet without it complaining how I'm not on Windows. I'll need a chat messenger to keep in touch with my friends or else I'll abandon them because I have a feeling I'll be spending quite a bit of time in Windows gaming.)
*I'm not sure if I'd want just Windows 7 Home Premium or to go with Professional. Windows 7 Professional has "XP Mode" which Microsoft intended for business corporations so they can get older applications to work but I can't get a clear answer whether this would also help to run older games. Games are applications too, right?
I want to use a windows based movie editing program and it needs all the resources it can get. I am thinking that Boot Camp might be my best bet as I heard Parallels shares resources and I may not get the full use of my processor and 4 GB of ram. I really want to use it to its full capacity that I can. I have not used Boot Camp but I do own Parallels 4.0 But every time I install it and want to remove it I get corrupted files. I hope Boot Camp is better. Any advice? Would Boot Camp allow me to use all of my 4 GB of Ram and my 3.06 Ghz processors?
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Mar 17, 2010
Is it possible to use both Parallels Desktop 5 and Bootcamp on a 32GB partition? In other words, do I need a separate partition for each program or can I have Parallels use the same partition that I allocated for Bootcamp.
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Jul 18, 2009
"The disk cannot be partitioned because some files cannot be moved. Back up the disk and use Disk Utility to format it as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume. Restore your information to the disk and try using Boot Camp Assistant again." Does it really mean I have to partition my whole hard drive and then reinstall everything? I'm hoping I'm just misinterpreting....
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Sep 15, 2009
I have had my uMBP for about two weeks, I boot camped, decided I needed more space for windows, used Winclone to clone my windows partition, merged the windows partition back into OS X, and now I get an error message when I try to repartition. Please tell me there is an easy fix. BTW, my harddrive is 250GB, there is 87GB free, and I am only trying to create an 81GB partition.
I just purchased a new iMac (2.66 c2d & 4gb of ram), Parallels 4, and Windows XP. I would like to get great performance whenever I use Windows XP and would like to know which installation procedure would help accomplish that.
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Mar 2, 2009
Would Parallels provide me with a better user experience by installing Windows directly via Parallels OR by having Parallels utilizing a Boot Camp Partition? Which is better and why? Also, how much memory should I allocate to Parallels/Windows XP?
I am trying to set up a Parallels 4 VM for a Windows 7 x64 Build 7000 boot camp partition, but parallels tools will not install. Half way through the process, a windows unsigned driver security box pops up, and when I tell it to install anyway, it still rolls back the installation process and I get the message "An error has occured while installing parallels tools, click OK to restart your computer and try again." or something to that effect. I have tried this about 15 times, and I have tried uninstalling/deleting the VM and re-creating the VM to no avail.
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Apr 10, 2009
What I want to know: Is there a way to manually install Parallels Tools while running in the boot camp partition, just like installing any other application? I want to install it outside of Parallels, since for some reason it keeps screwing itself up when trying to set up the drivers as a VM.
I was able to get Windows Vista 64 running on my 17" MBP, it is pretty slick. I set aside 32 GB for Windows, ran the install, loaded all the appropriate Boot Camp drivers and everything is working perfectly in Windows. I boot back to OS X to attempt to configure Parallels...
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Feb 22, 2010
So I fired up Parallels and follow the guided instructions. However, when I get to step 2 Im not sure what I should be doing. I already have Windows on its own partition, but Parallels is asking me for a CD/DVD image. Im a little leery of putting the Win disc back in, I dont want Parallels to always want to boot from the disc. how do I tell Parallels to load Windows as a Virtual Machine off of the Boot Camp partition?
The partition Boot Camp created now appears on my Desktop in OS X as Untitled, I can not, for the life of me, figure out how to change that. If I eject that volume will I still be able to Boot to Windows? Will Parallel still work?
I have a 15" MBP. Hardware in my sig.
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Jul 20, 2009
I'm getting Win7 this week. I'm getting it free from school and unsure at this point whether it will be 32 or 64 bit. That said, here's what I want to do with my setup.
1: School. I have to use Office 2007 for my classes. Office 2008 for Mac is not supported, because some of the formulas that you create in 2008 won't convert correctly into 2007 format and I can't have that. I will also use IE due to the fact that neither Firefox nor Safari will play my Mediasite classes correctly in Silverlight. Only IE allows me to speed up the playback. I am going to use Parallels 5 for this.
2: I game, but not much. The one game I love and will definitely put on my Mac is Morrowind. I want to use Boot Camp for this reason.
Soooo, I have been told that if I'm going to install Windows under Boot Camp that I should do that install first. Then install Parallels. I'm really not sure how to do any of this. I understand that I will only need to install Windows a single time and that it should work under with Boot Camp or Parallels.
i have the Boot Camp install PDF from the Apple site, but I'd love some tips, tricks, help, advice, words of wisdom, etc., from this forum. Please tell me what you think about which to install first, what approach to take, how much HDD space I should partition when I install under Boot Camp, etc.
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.
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Jun 21, 2009
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.
I'm trying to run Boot Camp Vista through Parallels but i don't know how to set it up and can't find a guide anywhere. There's one in the settings but that skips over the most complicated bits. Anybody know of a guide for doing this or know how to do this?
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Apr 29, 2010
I'm ready to upgrade my MacBook 13" late 2006 model to a new 15 inch pro, and realize that, especially in the college environment where many professors demand windows, I should run it somehow. I've been doing extensive research for the last hour on the best way to run it, however I'm in a complete deadlock. Some people say just do boot camp, but I don't mind paying up to $100 extra if it will really be much smoother. Even when I try to compare the differences between VMware and Parallels (the latest versions of both), I don't see anything hugely significant. Plus, I see just as many complaints about both of them (I'm reading 1-star HORROR STORIES on amazon of each one), and really, really just want a smooth experience. So, my dear MacRumors friends, I come to you for advice. Which of the three programs do you recommend?
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May 13, 2010
I finally made the switch from PC to Mac buy selling my HP laptop and desktop computers and buying the new MacBook Pro. However, I have licenses for Creative Suite 4 for Windows and still need to run it on my Mac using Boot Camp and/or Parallels until I can afford to jump to CS5 for Mac (this MBP took a big chunk of my cash). I'd like to run Windows using Boot Camp AND Parallels - Boot Camp when I need all system resources and Parallels when I need to hop over to Windows to type a Word document or something quick (got Office 2007 for Windows too).
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Sep 3, 2010
Can I use both Boot Camp and Parallels with one serial number for Windows 7? If so, how do I install? Would I install Windows on Boot Camp or Parallels first? If anyone has some guidance for installing one copy of Windows 7 on both applications
I bought my first Macbook Pro 15? and I installed Windows 7 64-bit using bootcamp without any problem. Thereafter, I used Parallels 5 to create a virtual machine for Windows 7 and be able to run Windows 7 within the Snow Leopard OS and be able to move back and forth between the two operating systems. However, Parallels 5 created two virtual machines, one called Boot Camp and one called Windows 7. When I was installing Parallels I chose to create the Windows 7 virtual machine but never asked Parallels to create the Boot Camp virtual machine. Where this other virtual machine is coming from? Am I able to delete it without creating any problem or conflicts? Moreover, I have two shortcut icons on the Mac pointing to either of these two partitions. Similarly I have two windows folders on the right side of the Mac dock. What should I do to have only the Windows 7 virtual machine without creating any problems or conflicts?
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Oct 13, 2010
Right now, I got Parallels with Windows 7 installed on my mac. But I also want to add bootcamp, so I can open Windows when booted. Is it possible to add the current Windows 7 system files and personal files to a bootcamp? If so, what should I do?
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Mar 29, 2009
I have the latest build of Parallels 3.0 (build 5636). I use Windows Vista Basic through the Boot Camp partition. Parallels launches Windows with no problems. However, when I try to boot Windows Vista Basic through Boot Camp, the black screen with the green bar and the Microsoft Corporation copyright appears, and then before it switches to the next screen, I get a split second blue screen of death and then the computer reboots itself. I video taped the incident, but since the blue screen of death scrolls the message onto the screen, the computer rebooted before it could tell me what specific file may be corrupted.
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Jul 1, 2010
I've already tried the following:
1. Booted the computer with the Windows installation DVD to do a "start up" repair attempt.
2. Created a new virtual machine.
3. Done a system restore to before the new version of Parallels was installed.
There was a time when Parallels froze and I had to "force quit" it. That could have corrupted something with the Boot Camp partition. Could that be the case?
I installed Windows via boot camp and activated smoothly. I then installed Parallels and had it boot off my boot camp partition. It had me activate again, which I did. All was running smooth until a few days ago. When I boot Parallels it says Windows is activated, but when I'm in boot camp it says it isn't. No matter how many times I try to reactivate the boot camp installation it says I need to "type a different product key for registration"
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Oct 13, 2008
I'm currently running Parallels 3.0 (XP Pro) off of a Boot Camp partition on my Macbook Pro. I'd like to give VMWare Fusion an audition, and am wondering if I can run it off that same BC partition that Parallels uses -- or if that will create some kind of conflict that might damage the partition. I'm not talking about having Parallels and VMWare running _simultaenously_ -- only installing them both to use the same partition.
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Apr 27, 2009
I have on my hard drive a Leopard partition and a Windows 7 partition. I am looking to delete the Windows partition and then have the full hard drive as one Leopard partition, hopefully without any reformatting. Firstly when I installed the Windows partition I did so through bootcamp. I also have parallels 4.0 and so I was able to set up a virtual machine (VM) of this bootcamp partition. I want to now completely get rid of windows on my machine though I am not sure of the best way to do so. I guess working backwards is best: delete the parallels VM then delete the bootcamp partition? Is this the best way to do it? Will the deleted space on my hard drive be converted to space on my Leopard partition?
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Jan 26, 2010
(I wish to get rid of windows because I am having problems with my mac sleeping. I just want to see if windows is the culprit. Hopefully it is as I have tried everything else including an SMC reset, short of reformatting and installing.) I have backups of everything btw.
I just recently purchased a 13" MBP Unibody and I'm thinking about installing Windows 7 (64-Bit) on it. If I install Windows with Boot Camp, and then install Parallels, do I need to make another Windows partition, or will it use the partition created in Boot Camp? Should I install Windows using Boot Camp first and then Parallels, or the other way around?
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Jun 3, 2009
I just purchased a new iMac (2.66 c2d & 4gb of ram), Parallels 4, and Windows XP.
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Jun 29, 2009
I would like to get great performance whenever I use Windows XP and would like to know which installation procedure would help accomplish that.
Would Parallels provide me with a better user experience by installing Windows directly via Parallels OR by having Parallels utilizing a Boot Camp Partition?
I'm a total Windows newbie and I'm having trouble moving programs that I've installed onto Parallels 4.0 into my boot camp partition. Is this even possible?
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May 28, 2009
If so what is the best way to go about quickly accessing programs from the Parallels virtual machine?
Could I burn them to a disk?
I know Windows 7 is supported Via boot camp, but I can't seem to get it to work. I've searched. Is there some sort of walk through on running Windows 7 in Parallels? My Windows 7 boot camp installation works perfectly, so no problems there. I try to use WIndows 7 in Parallels and it asks me to boot from the CD when configuring Windows 7 OS. I don't have a Parallels disk, but I tried inserting my Windows 7 disk...but no go. Any ideas?
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Nov 6, 2009
I installed Parallels 4.0 on my macbook today and installed XP on it but I nevr did that "boot camp" thing (I am new to Macs, no more hten 8 months on one). Do I need to run that and partition my HD or its not needed?Also, can I run Windows 7 on fusion or Parallels 4.0/5? Do I have to pay 79 for Parallels Desktop 5 if I have 4 already?
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Nov 21, 2010
In retrospect, I should have ignored it when Apple Software Update told me about the Boot Camp 3.2 upgrade for my 2006 Mac Pro running x64 Win 7 ultimate. When I ran it, it overwrote my blue tooth driver and my keyboard stopped working. Thanks for the folks at Mac Rumors forums, I was able to go through the procedure to get it working again, and I also had to update the video driver (again) from ATI for my 3800.
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Mar 20, 2009
So then I decide to reboot into MacOS and discover that my icon for selecting the boot disk was gone, not to mention any directory or programs in the start menu. This happen to anyone else? Do I have to downgrade to 3.1 or does anyone have a recommendation to get 3.2 working?
I have one program that I will have to run in boot camp. The rest of the time, I would like to run in Parallels. Will I have to install XP twice to do this and thus take up more hard drive?
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Jul 28, 2010
I just ordered my first mac and decided to get a iMac 27" Quad Core i7. I am attending college so i thought i would purchase parallels desktop 5 incase i would need to run a windows program for a class. I was wondering if there was a way to install both boot camp and a VM using the same partition. In other words i want to be able to access my files i create in my VM in boot camp and vise versa.
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Jul 14, 2009
In my attempt to install Windows XP via Boot Camp, I accidentally inserted an SP1 disc instead of the SP2 disc that I have. The installation proceeded to the point where it does for most who attempt this: the screen where you are prompted to press ENTER. I could not proceed and therefore restarted the iMac and held down the mouse button upon start-up to remove the CD.
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HERE IS THE PROBLEM:I can not boot into OS X because the keyboard shortcuts (those that might allow me to select which partition to boot from and/or reset PRAM) seem to be disabled. Instead, a reboot always ends at a black screen with a blinking DOS-esque cursor, or the prompt: "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key."
I have attempted inserting my SP2 disc at this point, to no avail. My keyboard seems to be disabled, as if the SP1 install proceeded just enough to establish itself as the boot drive without drivers for the keyboard. I've tried using all 3 USB ports, disconnecting other USB devices. Oddly, my bluetooth mouse works to eject the CD on reboot...