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How to import your Boot Camp partition into a Parallels Desktop virtual machine?

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Home Edition


Create a virtual machine based on the physical Boot Camp partition

  1. Launch Parallels Desktop and choose File > New from the menu.

  2. Click Use Windows from Boot Camp, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

    Important: The first time you start Windows after setting Parallels Desktop to work with Boot Camp, Parallels Tools is installed to allow seamless operation between Windows and Mac OS X. Once Parallels Tools is installed, you will be prompted to restart Windows.

  3. Shut down your new virtual machine that is based on the physical Boot Camp partition.

  4. Open the Parallels Desktop Control Center. Then right-click (Ctrl-click) on the Boot Camp virtual machine and choose Import Boot Camp.

  5. Click Import.

  6. Locate where you want to store Windows and your data, and then click Choose. Wait until your Windows and all your data are imported from the Boot Camp physical partition into a virtual machine with a virtual hard disk.

  7. Once your Boot Camp is imported, you can still use the original Boot Camp Windows installation separately from Parallels Desktop

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