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Parallels – Boot your physical Windows partition

February 10th, 2007 macgeek Leave a comment Go to comments

Sherry Haibara has found a way to boot physical Windows partitions in Parallels,
running inside a MacOS X86 install! Congrats! Here is the tutorial:

Get the latest Parallels beta here
Open Parallels and choose to create a new virtual machine.
It’ll ask you what HD do you want to use. Choose Boot Camp.
Continue the setup, but do not run the Virtual Machine.
When finished, close Parallels.

Use a Text Editor to edit your virtual machine configuration file (*.pvs).
Find the line that says:
“Disk 0:0 image = Boot Camp” and replace it with this
“Disk 0:0 image = Boot Camp;diskxsy”
where diskxsy is your Windows/Linux/Other OS “Boot Camp” disk.
disk0s1 is valid for instance.

Save and exit.
Start up Parallels and launch the Virtual Machine. Enjoy!

source: InsanelyMac

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  • trexplorer

    You should add that it must also be the Active partition. In the case where people are using the windows boot loader, this is fine as OS X will boot. However for those using Darwin bootloader, they will need to install a second hard drive with windows and designate as Active in diskpart …

  • Someone

    With Parallels Desktop 6, no manual editing is needed. Choose new VM/continue without disc, check costumize/Hardware/Source: disk0/edit partitions.

  • http://www.collectcheaps.com/products/822-Greys-Anatomy-Season-6-DVD-Boxset.html grey’s anatomy

    Choose new VM/continue without disc

  • http://twitter.com/La_Tristesse La_Tristesse

    Doesnt work for my paralles 6 installation.