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How to migrate Windows PC to 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 wish to migrate it with its content to the 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 Mac 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. Related article KB 117639


Requirements for Importing Your Data

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

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 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 Transported Agent v.10

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. These are volumes which size is not fixed as in basic volumes. They are migrated as data disks only. You can later add them to an already existing virtual machine.

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.

To install Parallels Transporter Agent:

Do one of the following:

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

  • 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

Follow one of the methods below to import 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 only available for Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac edition and earlier.


  1. Turn on your Mac and your Windows PC and log in to both computers.
  2. On the Windows PC, open Parallels Transporter Agent by clicking the Start menu and choosing All Programs > Parallels > Parallels Transporter Agent.
  3. Connect the Parallels USB cable to your Windows PC and to 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 starts collecting the 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 Windows, select Do not enable Automatic Logon. When ready, click Continue.
  10. Choose whether you want to migrate all your files and data or only Windows applications. When ready, click Continue.
  11. Select how you want to use Windows:

    • Like a Mac: Windows programs appear on the Mac desktop, just like Mac applications. Documents and media from Mac OS X and Windows are kept together on your Mac.
    • Like a PC: The Windows desktop and programs appear in a single window, separate from Mac applications. You can drag and drop objects between Windows and the Mac.
  12. Choose where you want to install your data. You can also click Customize and select which Windows volumes to migrate. When ready, click Continue.
  13. In the next step there's 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. 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 and log in. Make sure that the computers are connected over the same network.
  2. Make sure that 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 by clicking the Start menu and choosing

    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. To do so, 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 connects to Parallels Transporter Agent and starts 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 Windows, select Do not enable Automatic Logon. When ready, click Continue.
  11. Choose whether you want to migrate all your files and data or only Windows applications. When ready, click Continue.
  12. Select how you want to use Windows:

    • Like a Mac: Windows programs appear on the Mac desktop, just like Mac applications. Documents and media from Mac OS X and Windows are kept together on your Mac.
    • Like a PC: The Windows desktop and programs appear in a single window, separate from Mac applications. You can drag and drop objects between Windows and the Mac.
  13. Choose where you want to install your data. You can also click Customize and select which Windows volumes to migrate. When ready, click Continue.
  14. In the next step there's 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.
  15. Once the migration is complete, click Done.
  16. Start Windows.
  17. 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. On the Windows PC, open Parallels Transporter Agent by clicking the Start menu and choosing All Programs > Parallels > Parallels Transporter Agent.
  3. Click the external storage device icon.
  4. Click Next. Parallels Transporter Agent collects information about the Windows PC.
  5. If you don't want to log in to Windows automatically whenever you start up Windows, select Do not enable Automatic Logon. When ready, click Next.
  6. Choose whether you want to migrate all your files and data or only Windows applications. When ready, click Next.
  7. Choose where you want to store your data. You can also click Customize and select which Windows volumes to migrate. When ready, click Next.
  8. In the next step there's 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. Select how you want to use Windows:

    • Like a Mac: Windows programs appear on the Mac desktop, just like Mac applications. Documents and media from Mac OS X and Windows are kept together on your Mac.
    • Like a PC: The Windows desktop and programs appear in a single window, separate from Mac applications. You can drag and drop objects between Windows and the Mac.
  16. Choose where you want to install Windows and your data, and then click Continue.
  17. Once the migration is complete, click Done.
  18. Start Windows. 19.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

In case you have an issue with migration, please apply solution from the KB #113269 article Troubleshooting issues related to migrating a PC to Parallels Desktop for Mac Virtual Machine.


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