XP virtual on Mac Part II

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This tutorial is a continuation of Part I found here… explaining how you get the install files and media needed for this.

Part II : The install of Parallels and the Windows XP virtual machine (VM)

Click the link below to expand and see the tutorial.

3. Install parallels: its pretty straight forward, insert the disk or double click the install file if you downloaded it to install the program… once done installing parallels itself, it should ask you how you want to install the virtual machine or operating system. If you have a CD-rom of windows XP now is the time you stick it in the drive and select the DVD option and follow the rest of the prompts. If your mac does not have a CD drive, you can get a USB one for this install, or just create an ISO image file of the disk from another computer and choose “from file” , select the ISO you created and follow the rest of the prompts.

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4. If you already have Parallels installed for windows 7, 8, unix, or whatever… you can have more than one VM installed as long as you have the space available for the install on your hard drive.


To do this… launch parallels… this will launch the original VM you installed, but ignore it and at the very top menu bar click Window -> Virtual Machine List. A pop up like below should come up… hit the plus at the bottom of that window as shown below, and select New.

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Select the option highlighted below.

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As mentioned above, select either the first or second option, depending on if you have a CD rom drive, or you created an ISO file with another CD rom drive.  If you created an ISO file, it might automatically show up in the box below, if not just drag it in there.

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You should now receive a prompt for the windows XP product key (unless you have a pirated version) Enter it in to continue.

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It will then ask how you want the VM to run… it doesn’t really matter you can change it after it installs according to your preference, for now just click like a PC.

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It will ask the name you want to call the VM… this is for your refrence and has no affect on how the software will install.

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This should kick off the install process of windows XP, it may take a little bit and you’ll see a series of blue screens like the ones below until its done… you shouldn’t have to do anything but just look at the screen while it does these.

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eventually it may ask for what time zone your in and verify you speak english, but it will eventually launch and look like this. Which is a fully functional virtual machine running windows XP. You should be able to launch windows explorer, go to the NCARB practice software download page and install the practice vignettes with no problem.

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If this is the second virtual machine you installed, you can choose which VM you want to launch by opening parallels, going to the menu at the top and selecting Window -> Virtual Machines List

This should pop up a little window like the one below where you can select the XP virtual machine we just installed, or go back the original VM you installed if you already had one.

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