Can I have 2 Windows images in parallels

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I have a Windows 7 machine, running in parallels.  I have to upgrade to Win 10.

I want to be able to have both versions of Windows running until I make sure that the Windows 10 install has all of the necessary data and programs migrated from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

Questions are:
Can I have both versions of Windows installed in parallels at the same time
How do I do that
How do I boot to each version of Windows

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noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

You can have several snapshots and switch the machine between them. Having two VMs with the same Windows 7 license is not legal as long as you are not operating with a volume license.
If you have a volume license you can clone your virtual machine and give it a different name when you attach it to Parallels.
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I have one Windows 7 and two Windows 10 virtual machines in my Parallels 15 Control Center. From here I can choose which VM I want to launch.

To create a new virtual machine, click the + at top right of Parallels Control Center. This will launch a wizard that will step you through the required procedure.
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Thanks for the help
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

The answer you've select does not suit to your question. Absolutely. You've asked if you can have two copies of the same Windows 7 and the answer says how to create another machine in parallels.

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