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Use Windows XP from Virtual PC with Boot Camp
Authored by: taffyc on Mar 21, '08 12:26:27PM

This is great - but I am not understanding one major thing - At what point do I get to use the XP Pro files which are on my Virtual PC disk? I have 3 disks - the first is Virtual PC together with installer for eveyrthing.

On the second disk is a zipped image of a file called "Windows XP Professional.vhd.002". When I unzip it, the file is unreadable and I don't know where to place in within the bcd structure.

At what point do I make use of this??

Thanks taffyc



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Use Windows XP from Virtual PC with Boot Camp
Authored by: drwhy on Mar 24, '08 11:31:19PM

.vhd is a Virtual PC hard disk image file. VPC can read it as if it is a hard disk on a PC. Only 2 disks came in my VPC's box. What version are you using? (I have VPC 6.1 with Win XP Pro)

I'm not sure what you are trying to do: Do you wish to create a typical Windows XP installer disk, or are you trying to get additional files or programs from your old virtual hard disk in VPC?

Parallels Desktop software should allow you to see the contents of the .vhd disk image in Mac OS X.

If you are just trying to create a Win XP install disk, browse through your 3 disks and find a folder named "i386". If you can't find it, you may need to use the Parallels Transporter program to just move your entire virtual PC to your new Mac.

(Note: I couldn't get Parallels Transporter to import my virtual PC from my old G4 Mac to my Intel Mac successfully. I contacted Parallels tech support, and they told me to try and treat my virtual PC as if it was a physical PC and just follow the appropriate protocol for that situation. I never did that because I discovered the solution described in this MacOSX hint. My created Win XP install disk was used to install Windows in Parallels and I'm very pleased-- no need to reboot the Mac just so I can use Windows. Kind of interesting though, I don't use Windows very much because Mac OS X does everything I need!)



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