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Migrate Bootcamp to Parallels & ability to use both as needed

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I've partitioned and installed Windows 7 into bootcamp. All has been running for several weeks and is fine.

Now i want to install Parallels but want to retain bootcamp for use. Basically, I have clients that will not allow MacOS to run on their network. So, I need to use Bootcamp with Windows 7 to work with these clients. Then when I am not at the client site, I want to run Parallels to use Mac and still get to data and programs on the Bootcamp partition.

I have read various documents from Parallels, but am still confused and need someone give thumbs up that it will not be an issue.

What I have read, is that you install & run on Windows 7 Parallels Transporter. Create a PVM file on a USB external drive. Then boot into Mac and create the virtual machine in Parallels.

http://download.parallels.com/desktop/v6/docs/en/Parallels_Transporter_Users_Guide.pdf

However, this sounds like I migrate the Bootcamp partition to the virtual machine and have 2 separate installs of Windows 7.

Any assistance will be grateful.
Thanks
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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Parallels can run on OSX and use the Bootcamp Partition so you do not need to have install a second copy of Windows in OSX.

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by:sunspots2002
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Thanks for the response.

Are you able to elaborate further? I not total clear from the documentation on I need to use the Transporter as Bootcamp is on the same machine.

Secondly, once Parallels has been setup with the Bootcamp version can I still use bootcamp in its own right. I want to be able to use Windows system from Bootcamp and on other occasions use Parallels pointing to the bootcamp partition.
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Eoin OSullivan earned 1000 total points
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You should NOT need Transporter.

Using Parallels will not affect your ability to continue to use Bootcamp if required.

You can either boot the Mac and select between Windows or OSX. If you choose OSX then you can run Parallels to access and run applications and files on the Bootcamp partition while in OSX.
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I haven't been able to test this as I have been involved with other tasks and system issues.

I'm happy to accept this response, even though I have not had the opportunity to test.
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by:sunspots2002
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I graded all as Partially, as I have not had the opportunity to test. Other priorities. It is no reflection on the responder, just that I cannot answer completely unless I have tested and satisfied myself.

Unfortuantely, Experts Exchange does not offer the ability to park a question for a period.
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