OSX Virtualization (Windows Installation Screenshots)


I am writing a training document on installing a version of Windows and Configuring it. Ideally i would like to use screenshots to help and this wont be a problem once the OS is installed but im stuck on how to take screenshots of the installation steps.
I guess using a virtual machine would let me take screenshots and save them on the host. I have a Macbook Pro that i would like to use, does anyone know a product that can take screenshots from within the Virtualization application. I dont really want to have to take screenshots of the OSX screen and then crop to get the Windows screen if i can help it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You could try VMware Fusion for the Mac.


This will allow you to install a virtual computer running Windows , and also capture screen shots of the process.

You can download and try it for free, at no risk.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you could also use Virtualbox for MacOS

Jonesey007Author Commented:
So is Parallels the only one that doesn't do it? I quite fancied Parallels but will give VMWare a go if it cant be done
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Take your screenshot from the Mac OS using Command-shift 4 instead of Command shift 3. This allows you to take a screen shot of any part of the screen you want simply by dragging over it:  



Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes, Parallels can do it as well, forgot that one!
From http://forum.parallels.com/showthread.php?t=89827 :

"Try using Virtual Machine -> Send Keys -> Print Screen. If you use it a lot, I would recommend making a permanent key mapping for it in Parallels Desktop -> Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse. Just press the "+" and configure a Mac keyboard shortcut to be interpeted as "PrintSc" (which can be selected in the drop-down menu)."


"Thanks Flagg, I was actually playing around last night and found that F13 on my external Mac keyboard is already assigned to the Print Screen command. But your advice is still very helpful for future reference!"

Good Luck
Jonesey007Author Commented:
Thanks for all the help everyone. In the end i managed to get what i wanted using VMware. I chose full screen mode and when i wanted to take a screen shot i pressed CMD and CTRL to lose focus, dragged my OSX mouse to the far right side of the screen, i then pressed CMD SHIFT and 3 to take the screenshot and then clicked inside the VM again to get focus.
Not sure if this is the most efficient way but i get full screen shots of the OS installation so im happy
One quick trick for future reference::

CMD + Shift + CTRL + 4 let's you select a crop area to screen shot and saves it to the clipboard so you can paste directly to your chosen app.

Also, another trick I always use is CMD + shift + CTRL + 4 (or without the CTRL to save the file to the desktop) AND THEN press the spacebar - this gives you a little camera icon which you can then move over a window, click the mouse and it takes a shot of the entire window you click and nothing more -- the cool thing about this is that you can even click a window that is partially hidden by other app windows, and it still captures that entire window...

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