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10.4: How to use VirtualPC's Windows install in Parallels Apps
Here's the bummer of a problem that busts your high with your new Intel Mac: Virtual PC 7 (VPC7) won't run on Intel Macs, and it won't be updated. But here's the upside: Do not buy a new Windows XP or Windows XP Pro if you already have it in Virtual PC 7. You can use your VPC7 version in Parallels with ease. It's as simple as using Parallels Transporter feature (thanks to this post for helping me find the answer!).

You can use your old VPC7 document (Windows XP Pro, or whatever you called it) from your previous Mac (Power PC, G4), or you can create an entirely new VPC7 document to save space so you can burn it to a a DVD. If you do create a new VPC7 document, do not add the VPC7 additions that it will eventually ask about during install and restart -- you won't need them any way. Either way, you'll find the VPC7 file in the folder Virtual PC, in Documents.

Here's all you need to do:
  1. Burn the Virtual PC document file from your old Mac onto a DVD. Do not make a disc image. Just burn the file.
  2. On the Intel Mac, import it via Parallels Transporter. When it asks you what type of file, just click Continue.
Transporter will do all the rest; just follow the simple prompts. I had no problem importing either old or new VPC7 documents into Parallels.

[robg adds: I don't have VPC to test with, but I would imagine you could use a network to copy the file from one machine to the other, and skip the burning step.]
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10.4: How to use VirtualPC's Windows install in Parallels
Authored by: adrianm on Apr 24, '07 08:40:45AM

If you still have your old Mac, you're better off copying the VPC image across via a network; especially useful if the image is bigger than a DVD.

If you're short of space on the new Mac, just transport from the VPC image without copying it across.

You can even install the Parallels Transporter agent on the VPC PC and transport the data live, but it's probably easier to get it directly from the image.

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10.4: How to use VirtualPC's Windows install in Parallels
Authored by: keytohwy on Apr 24, '07 08:50:50AM

I used target disk mode and avoided the burning.

Now that I have it in Parallels, is there any way to get that onto a BootCamp partition?



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10.4: How to use VirtualPC's Windows install in Parallels
Authored by: jecwobble on Apr 24, '07 09:03:41AM

Transporter wasn't available when Parallels came out. I recall going through a long, trial-n-error process to make a SP2 slipstreamed XP install disc from the VPC install disks. Almost gave up and installed Win98 instead. Would have been great to have Transporter to begin with.



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Parallels Feature, not a hint...
Authored by: umijin on Apr 24, '07 09:20:37AM

Huh? This isn't really a Hint, it's a *feature* in the current version of Parallels that allows you to import your VPC virtual machine via Transporter.

And you don't need to disable your VPC settings for the current version of Transporter - at least I didn't when I imported my VPC 3 months ago. The latest transporter does it all. One caveat - it takes a LONG time, particularly over a network connection. I recall mine took several hours.



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10.4: How to use VirtualPC's Windows install in Parallels
Authored by: OldMan on Apr 24, '07 11:57:09AM

Will this process work using a VP6 virtual machine? I never upgraded to VP7 but still occasionally use VP6 on my G4 and would like to use Parallels when I upgrade to an Intel Mac soon.



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10.4: How to use VirtualPC's Windows install in Parallels
Authored by: unseelie on Apr 24, '07 06:00:01PM

It might work, but if you're concerned with violations of the end user license, Virtual PC 6.0 shipped with an OEM version of Windows XP, and so you couldn't do so without breaking the EULA.

Virtual PC 7.0 came with a retail version of Windows XP, so there's not an issue.



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10.4: How to use VirtualPC's Windows install in Parallels
Authored by: kerasmus on May 01, '07 05:29:49AM
Virtual PC 7.0 came with a retail version of Windows XP
Where did you get this information? Everything I've heard is that the VPC 7 license is also OEM. I'd love for that to be wrong!

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10.4: How to use VirtualPC's Windows install in Parallels
Authored by: kveldalf on Jun 15, '07 04:35:35PM

What exactly am I burning from the older PPC machine? I see a *.vpc7 file, but nothing that Transporter will recognize. Isn't there a way to install directly from the original disks?



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10.4: How to use VirtualPC's Windows install in Parallels
Authored by: dzurn on Jul 06, '07 12:35:21PM
There's an issue with Parallels Transporter version 3. Transporter only recognizes the ".vhd" file. That file is deep in the .vpc7 file.

In Transporter, select "single image" not entire computer to transport. Then when you get the "Choose..." text box, navigate to your .vpc7 file. THEN add "/Disk1.vhdp/BaseDrive.vhd" to the end of the text box.

Now Transporter can find the file it expects and things proceed as they should. This is supposed to be fixed in the next update.

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10.4: How to use VirtualPC's Windows install in Parallels
Authored by: LDC on Jul 15, '07 02:16:46PM

I'm sorry, but I still don't understand how to get this to work. I have a working copy of Virtual PC on my iMac--I have installed parallels 3 and parallels transporter on my Mac Mini. I used superduper to make a backup of the iMac on an external harddrive. I see a file called Windows XP Home which is a 6.98 GB file with the .vpc7 extension. So I brought the external harddrive over to the MacMini and tried to use Parallels transporter and it doesn't work--What am I doing wrong? How do I fix this? I tried your trick of typing in the rest of the file name and that didn't work either.

I'd appreciate any help you could offer--but keep it simplified--Thanks!



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