Can't find virtual machine

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Guest OS Discussion' started by Eric Kardon, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Eric Kardon

    Eric Kardon

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    I am running Mac OS 10.6
    Installed Parallels Desktop 6 upgrade in October.

    Hope I am posting to the correct forum.

    A few days ago I tried to open Quicken in the virtual machine running Windows 7 Professional (64 bit).
    I was asked for my Activation Key for the upgrade and then the original Parallels Desktop 5, which although seemed strange, I entered.
    I then got a message that the virtual machine could not be found and needed to be re-installed.
    I re-installed, and then got a message that there was no virtual machine OS.
    I re-installed Windows 7 and now have 2 Windows Application Folders on my Dock. The new has only the default items in it. The old one shows my Quicken program, but when I try to run it, I get a message the the application is installed in a virtual machine that cannot be located.

    Is there some way I can recover my Quicken files (can't locate them in Finder)? I have some other programs I was running in Windows VM that I would like to recover, but not as bad as my financial stuff.

    Thanks in advance.

    Eric Kardon
     
  2. notlob635

    notlob635

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    I have the same issue :( I had to find the activation key and then it asked for the activation key for the previous one. When I go to start Parallels, it 'wants' me to "Create a New Virtual Machine" and "Insert your Windows (or another operating system) disc into your Mac or choose another installation source". Underneath is the pick box from where to install it! I have not reinstalled Windows nor created t his new virtual machine! The thing is I have had Parallels on my machine for a couple of years now with a bunch of Windows related stuff on it. I really do not want to lose any of it and I REALLY do not want to have to reinstall Windows (XP) again! Did you manage to get a response to your issue Eric? I am running Parallels 6 on a MacBook Pro of about 2 years.
     
  3. BrooxH

    BrooxH

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    I'm having the same problem. My iMac froze earlier today and when I shut if off and restarted, Parallels was gone. When I try to open a Windows app, I get the message "The application is installed in a virtual machine that cannot be located. Make sure the virtual machine hasn't been deleted or moved to another location." Parallels app. is there on Time Machine, but when I restored it, it made me reinstall and now I'm back to a virgin Windows 7.

    Can anyone suggest how to recover the lost virtual machine?
     
  4. Gottria

    Gottria

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    Damn, I have the exact same problem!!! Had a lockup on 10.6, power cycled my iMac, ran parallels and it asked for activation keys from my upgrade and then from my previous version, activated fine but now I can't find any of my VMs.
     
  5. inets

    inets

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    you must get the activation key
     
  6. Gottria

    Gottria

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    I did get the activation key, not sure why I needed it again but when I re-activated it all my VM were gone.
     
  7. PetteriP

    PetteriP

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    Virtual list lost

    Hi,

    I had a same kind of problem, but I managed to find my Windows7 installation.

    First my Mac noted that there is some software updates. I left it to download+install over night and when I came back to my Mac the next day it was frozen. There was no other way to wake it up but force shut down.

    When Mac was restarted I tried to run Parallels. It requested activation key and after that permanent (original) registration key. After this all my virtual machines (and hope) were lost. It just prompted me to create new machines. ARGH!!

    But, I found out that there was some file in the disk that restores the previous machine (I have only one in there):
    1. Open Parallels
    2. Select menubar: File > Open
    3. Then find out where you .pvm file is for you virtual mach setup (I had it: "/Users/Shared/Parallels/Windows 7.pvm")
    4. Select file and click Open

    TADAA!! Your virtual machine is back!
     
  8. BlairF

    BlairF

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    I am having this same issue. I have my Windows XP.pvm file on my computer, but when I start Parallels Desktop 4 I don't even have the option to open a file. Everything in the menus is greyed out. Double clicking the .pvm file in the finder seems to do nothing. What gives?
     
  9. JuliaA

    JuliaA

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    cannot "see" mac files on parallels or vice versa

    I believe I have a similar problem. I have been running parallels successfully except I cannot see my mac folders or files. I saw an old thread on another site which said to check system preference on the mac and go to sharing and ensure that share files with windows is checked but I do not have this option.

    Also checked with a friend and hs set up (a laptop not an imac like mine) has a folder on parallels called home (not homegroups I can see that one and I have looked in there), which he clicks and it takes him to the mac finder.

    I can fairly familiar with configuring and think I have all the boxes ticked but not sure. One thing I did to was optimize for using revit as suggested on a revit forum.

    Any help appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  10. BorisE

    BorisE

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    @JuliaA: You have to install Parallels Tools

    I had the same or at least a similar problem and I solved it by installing Parallels Tools. First, I had to uninstall my anti-malware (McAfee).

    http://kb.parallels.com/en/8969
     
  11. Kaylorsan

    Kaylorsan

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    I had the same problem, but PetteriP, solution did the trick (THANKS!). Simple and painless. I was dreading having to reinstall everything again.

    But, I found out that there was some file in the disk that restores the previous machine (I have only one in there):
    1. Open Parallels
    2. Select menubar: File > Open
    3. Then find out where you .pvm file is for you virtual mach setup (I had it: "/Users/Shared/Parallels/Windows 7.pvm")
    4. Select file and click Open
     
  12. SteveB18

    SteveB18 Bit Poster

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    I have a licenced copy of Parallels, i opened up my virtual machine and get the following:
    The virtual machine is not available. The virtual machines files have been moved or deleted!
    I cannot even find the windows7.pvm file
    I am stuck!!
    Any ideas would be grateful?
     
  13. Ajith@Parallels

    Ajith@Parallels Parallels Support

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    If you are unable to locate the ".pvm" file on your Mac, then you have to try to recover it from Time Machine backup else you have to create a new virtual machine.
     
  14. touchat

    touchat Bit Poster

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    Hi, I have tried searching for .PVM or PVM via finder and spotlight but there isn't such file available.
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    Last edited: May 15, 2019
  15. Ajith@Parallels

    Ajith@Parallels Parallels Support

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    If you are unable to locate the PVM file, then you have to create a new virtual machine.
     

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