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How do I install a Windows XP Virtual Hard Disk image using MAC's Parallels Desktop?

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Hi,

I have Virtual PC 2007 on my PC in which I've downloaded the hard disk images from Microsoft:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=21EABB90-958F-4B64-B5F1-73D0A413C8EF&displaylang=en 
and Windows XP and Vista are running fine on Virtual PC 2007.

Now, I want to install  Windows Windows and Vista, using the images above on my MAC using Parallels Desktop.  How do I do this?

Thanks!
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Irwin W.There are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.
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I could be wrong but Parallels does not support Miscrosft Virtual Hard disk images.

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Then what would be an alternative without the Windows CDs?  As I mentioned before, I have those 2 virtual machine hard disk images which I burnt on a CD.  
Irwin W.There are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.
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take a look at VMWare Fusion.  I think you will be quite happy with it.  http://vmware.com/products/fusion/
Irwin W.There are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.
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I would try and convert my MS virtual machines to VMWare machines with the free vmware converter if you like this product and find it worthwhile.

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Thanks for the info. However, is there a way I can do this without spending any money, since I've already purchased Parallels Desktop?
Eoin OSullivanConsultant
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Hello webmonkey8,

There is a tool with Parallels called Parallels Transporter (look in the parallels folder)  This CLAIMS to be able to convert VPC HD images into Parallels images... according to the forums .. if it is a brand new XP image your chances are good.  If you've been using the XP image with VPC and have lots of installed software etc.  it may be more problematic.

2 things ...
1. Before copying the VPC HD image .. go to add/remove programs and REMOVE the VPC VM Tools from Windows
2. Once the image is converted you'll probably have to install the Parallels Tools to get everything working right.


Regards,

eoinosullivan

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eoinosullivan - thanks for your info.  I'm using the Parallels Transporter on my MAC with no success.  It did "say" that it successfully converted my virtual machine hard drive image to an ".hdd" MAC format, but then it asks me to insert the Windows XP DVD or disk image to copy.  As I don't have the actual Windows XP DVD, only the virtual machine hard drive image I've downloaded, what can I do here?
Eoin OSullivanConsultant
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In Parallels .. pick NEW Virtual Machine
Skip Detection
Pick Windows and XP
Then CUSTOM
Then 1 CPU and 512 Mb RAM
Then EXISTING Image file .. and choose your newly created HDD file

etc. etc.

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eoinosullivan - ok, so I selected NEW Virtual Machine.  The next screen takes me to "Select operating systme installation mode:"  I do NOT see the 'Skip Detection' words anywhere. Where is this?  After I can choose from 'Windows Express', 'Typical' or 'Custom'.  So, I chose 'Custom', as instructed.  I also cannot see the '1 CPU' you were talking about, only '512 MB RAM'.
I'm not too sure where I can select my EXISTING image file, as I only have the converted HDD file.

Please advise.
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I am using Parallels 4 .. perhaps you have Parallels 3 and the screens are a little different.In any case .. at some point in the process it will ask you to select an existing image file or create a new image file. At this point .. select the HDD.I'd have thought the Parallels user manual would cover this process in much more detail.Regardseoinosullivan

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Yes, I'm using Parallels 3.0.

The Parallels manual does go into detail, however, it requires me to insert a Windows XP DVD into the drive, as I do not have one.
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