Take over operating system and programmes in a new VM

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Apple Silicon (M1) Mac' started by MatthiasB14, Jun 28, 2021.

  1. MatthiasB14

    MatthiasB14 Bit Poster

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    I have a new M1 MacBook Pro and would now like to transfer my existing VM to the newly created, compatible VM in Parallels Desktop 16.5.

    Surely not everything has to be completely reinstalled, right? Unfortunately, I can't find any instructions anywhere for "converting" an existing VM without having to reinstall Windows and all the programmes.

    thanks for help
    matts
     
  2. MichaelH63

    MichaelH63 Kilo Poster

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    You can't use or convert your old VM, but there's a way to copy your data. https://kb.parallels.com/en/125344

    Also as a new user, the Windows Insider Program is limited to the Release Preview Channel until Parallels gets everything ready to meet the requirements for Windows 11. That means Windows 10 on ARM Build 21354 is probably the only one you can install at the moment and you'll be stuck with that for a while.
     
  3. MatthiasB14

    MatthiasB14 Bit Poster

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    Thank you Michael.

    I have seen the possibility of copying the data. Since I share all content data with the Mac, this option is superfluous. It also doesn't matter to me whether I'm stuck with Windows 10 for the time being. For me, this is primarily a test environment.

    But what's really annoying is that you have to reinstall the operating system and all the software. That is IN the VM and I would have liked to be able to move the entire content over after creating the new VM.
     
  4. MichaelH63

    MichaelH63 Kilo Poster

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    I agree that it is annoying. Unfortunately the days of just moving the VM to a new computer seem to be over. The incompatibility between an Intel VM and an ARM VM would have been a one-time annoyance, but Microsoft forcing the use of TPM with Windows 11 means that no VM with Win 11 can be moved to another computer.
     

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