How to Easily Convert Your VirtualBox or VMware Virtual Machines to Parallels Desktop for Mac

Guest blog by Padman Krishna, Parallels Support Team

Are you looking for a better virtualization experience and planning to switch to Parallels Desktop? Here’s an easy way to transform your existing virtual machine.

There are few things you need to do before converting a VM. First, make sure you have a backup copy of your VM. For example, VMware has a .vmx extension, Virtual PC is .vmc and Virtual Box is .vbox.

Virtual Machine File

Second, make sure you’ve deleted third-party tools from your VM (VirtualBox tools, VMware tools, etc.). If you haven’t done that yet, go to Control Panel  Programs and Features to remove the tools.

Tools Removal

Next, make sure that the “Split Disk” option is disabled in your VM hard disk settings. This might sound like another language to some, but no worries – it’s not that hard:

Split Disk

The final thing to do is to shut down the VM completely (suspending or pausing it isn’t enough). Pretty simple, right?

Once all of these steps are completed, you now can convert the VM.


We hope this blog post helped you decide to run Windows on your Mac and convert your VM to Parallels Desktop for Mac!

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