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How to migrate a Windows PC to a Parallels Desktop virtual machine

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac

Symptoms

You have a Windows PC, and you want to migrate it, along with all its content, to a Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machine.

Resolution

You can import all your data from a Windows PC to Parallels Desktop on your Mac. Then you can continue to work with all your Windows programs, files, and data side-by-side with OS X.

Important: After importing your data from your PC, you may need to reactivate some of your Windows programs using the activation keys you received when you purchased the programs.


Note: After migration is complete your PC will remain unmodified. See related article KB 117639


Requirements for importing your data

To import data to your Mac, you need a Windows computer with the following specifications:

For Parallels Transported Agent v.9:

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.

    Note: You can also use a computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit only), Windows Server 2008, or Windows 2000 Professional (32-bit only).

  • An Intel or AMD (700 MHz or higher) x86 or x64 processor
  • At least 256 MB of RAM
  • At least 70 MB of hard disk space for installing Parallels Transporter Agent
  • One of the following:

    • An Ethernet port for transferring your data over the network
    • A USB port for transferring your data using the Parallels USB cable
  • An external storage device, such as a USB hard disk

  • Supported Windows and Linux versions:**

    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows 7
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows XP
    • Windows Server 2003
    • Windows 2000
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x, 6.x
    • Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS, 14.04


For Parallels Transporter Agent v.10

See the Parallels Transporter Agent User's Guide)

  • 700 MHz (or higher) x86 or x64 processor (Intel or AMD)
  • 256 MB or more of RAM
  • 50 MB of hard disk space for installing Parallels Transporter Agent
  • Ethernet or WiFi network adapter for migrating over network
  • Supported Windows and Linux versions:

    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows 7
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows XP
    • Windows Server 2003
    • Windows 2000
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x, 6.x
    • Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS, 14.04

Note: Parallels Desktop does not support migrating Windows dynamic volumes (in which size is not fixed, as it is in basic volumes). They are migrated as data disks only. You can add them later to an existing virtual machine.

Also read KB #119172 before proceeding with migration.


Step 1: Install Parallels Transporter Agent on your Windows PC

To import your data, you must first install the Parallels Transporter Agent software on the Windows PC.

Do one of the following:

  • If you purchased a physical copy of Parallels Desktop, insert the installation DVD into your Windows PC. If the installation doesn't start automatically, locate and double-click the Parallels Transporter Agent.exe file.

  • Download Parallels Transporter Agent for Windows from the Parallels website and double-click the installation file.

If your computer is connected to the Internet, Parallels Transporter Agent checks for available updates. If an update is available, click Download and Install New Version. Follow the onscreen instructions to install Parallels Transporter Agent.

Step 2: Import Your Data

Choose one of the methods below for importing your data from your PC to your Mac.


Using a Parallels USB cable

The Parallels USB cable required for this method is included with Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition. If you don't have the Parallels USB cable, import your data using one of the other methods.


Note: Parallels USB Cable is available only for Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac Edition and earlier.


  1. Turn on your Mac and your Windows PC then log in to both computers.
  2. On the Windows PC, open Parallels Transporter Agent by clicking the Start menu and selecting All Programs > Parallels > Parallels Transporter Agent.
  3. Connect the Parallels USB cable to your Windows PC and your Mac.
  4. If the Windows PC is running Windows XP, the Found New Hardware wizard opens. In this wizard:

    • Select Yes, this time only, and click Next.
    • Select Install the software automatically (Recommended), and click Next.
    • A Hardware Installation warning appears. Click Continue Anyway.
    • Drivers for the Parallels USB cable are installed. Click Finish to exit the wizard.
  5. On your Mac, open Parallels Desktop and choose File > New.
  6. Select Migrate from a PC and click Continue.
  7. Select Parallels USB cable and click Continue. Parallels Transporter will start collecting information about the source computer.
  8. If the Windows Installation Files window appears, insert the Windows installation disc into your Mac and click Continue.
  9. If you don't want to log in to Windows automatically whenever you start up, select "Do not enable Automatic Logon". Then click Continue.
  10. Choose whether you want to migrate all your files and data or only Windows applications. Then click Continue.
  11. Choose where you want to install your data. You can also click Customize and select which Windows volumes to migrate. Then click Continue.
  12. In the next step you will see a warning about Windows activation that might be required when you start using it. To proceed, read this message, select I want to continue and click Continue.
  13. Once the migration is complete, click Done.
  14. Start Windows.
  15. Once Windows starts up, choose Virtual Machine > Install Parallels Tools and follow the onscreen instructions.

Note: To be able to install Parallels Tools, you must be logged in to Windows as an administrator.


Over a network

Important: After importing your data, you may need to reactivate some of your Windows programs using the activation keys you received when you purchased the programs. To import your data from a PC over a network:

  1. Turn on your Mac and your Windows PC then log in to both. Verify sure that the computers are connected over the same network.
  2. Make sure that the Windows firewall is turned off. You can turn it on again after the import is finished.
  3. On the Windows PC, open Parallels Transporter Agent. From the Start menu select All Programs > Parallels > Parallels Transporter Agent.

  4. On your Mac, open Parallels Desktop and choose File > New.
  5. Select "Migrate from a PC" and click Continue.
  6. Select "Network" and click Continue.
  7. Find the passcode displayed in Parallels Wizard on your Mac and enter it in Parallels Transporter Agent on your Windows PC. You can also connect to the source Windows PC using its name or IP address: click "Use IP address instead", select the Windows PC name from the list or type the IP address, and click Continue.

  8. If you have chosen to use the computer name or IP address, provide the Windows administrator credentials. Parallels Desktop will connect to Parallels Transporter Agent and start collecting information about the source computer.
  9. If the Windows Installation Files window appears, insert the Windows installation disc into your Mac and click Continue.
  10. If you don't want to log in to Windows automatically whenever you start up, select "Do not enable Automatic Logon". Then click Continue.
  11. Choose whether you want to migrate all your files and data or only Windows applications. Then click Continue.
  12. Choose where you want to install your data. You can also click Customize and select which Windows volumes to migrate. Then click Continue.
  13. In the next step you will see a warning about Windows activation that might be required when you start using it. To proceed, read this message, select "I want to continue" and click Continue.
  14. Once the migration is complete, click Done.
  15. Start Windows.
  16. When Windows boots up, choose Virtual Machine > Install Parallels Tools and follow the onscreen instructions.

Note: To be able to install Parallels Tools, you must be logged in to Windows as an administrator.


Using an External Storage Device

Important: After importing your data, you may need to reactivate some of your Windows programs using the activation keys you received when you purchased the programs. To import your data from a PC using an external storage device:

  1. Connect an external storage device to your Windows PC.
  2. In the Windows PC, open Parallels Transporter Agent by clicking the Start menu and selecting All Programs > Parallels > Parallels Transporter Agent.
  3. Click the external storage device icon.
  4. Click Next. Parallels Transporter Agent will collect information about the Windows PC.
  5. If you don't want to log in to Windows automatically whenever you start up, select "Do not enable Automatic Logon". Then click Next.
  6. Choose whether you want to migrate all your files and data or only Windows applications. Then click Next.
  7. Choose where you want to store your data. You can also click Customize and select which Windows volumes to migrate. Then click Next.
  8. In the next step you will see a warning about Windows activation that might be required when you start using it. To proceed, read this message, select "I want to continue" and click Next.
  9. Once the migration is complete, click Done to quit Parallels Transporter Agent.
  10. Disconnect the storage device from the Windows PC and connect it to your Mac.
  11. On your Mac, open Parallels Desktop and choose File > New.
  12. Select "Migrate from a PC" and click Continue.
  13. Select "External Storage Device" and click Continue.
  14. Click "Choose" and locate where you chose to store your data in step 7. Then click Continue.
  15. Choose where you want to install Windows and your data, then click Continue.
  16. Once the migration is complete, click Done.
  17. Start Windows.
  18. When Windows boots up, choose Virtual Machine > Install Parallels Tools and follow the onscreen instructions.

Note: To be able to install Parallels Tools, you must be logged in to Windows as an administrator.


For more information about migrating your PC to Mac please also visit our on-line User's Guide

If you have an issue with migration, please follow the solution outlined in KB #113269.


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