'Parallels Transporter' Eases Migration From Windows to Mac

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Virtualization software firm Parallels today announced the debut of Parallels Transporter, a new Mac OS X application to help users transition from Windows-based machines to Mac OS X.

The Parallels Transporter app is designed for Mac users who may not need to run Windows on their Mac at all; it is a simple way to bring everything you need from your PC together on your Mac without wasting your valuable time or incurring the expense of hiring a technology service to do the work:

- Parallels Transporter Agent collects data on your PC and uses your wireless network or an external storage device to transfer it to Parallels Transporter on your Mac.
- Parallels Transporter on your Mac receives data from the Parallels Transporter Agent and copies it to the appropriate locations on your Mac. The files stored in your Windows home directory are copied to the corresponding folders on your Mac so they can be accessed and used with compatible Mac programs. Internet bookmarks are copied to Safari or any other default web browser in Mac OS X.

Parallels Transporter also moves Windows-only programs and files into a virtual machine located on the destination Mac. While the software does not include the ability to run the virtual machine, users can decide later to purchase the full Parallels virtualization software to access the data.

Parallels Transporter is available through the Mac App Store for an introductory price of $0.99, a very significant discount off of the regular price of $39.99.

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120 months ago

I've used this feature dozens of times via VMware's free app that lets one convert a real Windows PC into a virtual one for use in VMware Fusion or their Windows/Linux vm products. It's about time Parallels finally caught up, but having been burned by their software numerous times, I'm sticking with the stable VMware Fusion for my Mac. :)


You should probably read what this actually does before commenting on it.
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120 months ago

I am new to Macs and I am not sure I understand what it does. Say I have a Dell system running Windows XP. Will it transfer Windows XP, all installed software and data from my Dell to my new Mac?

No. It finds your data and files (music, bookmarks, cookies, Word documents, etc) on your Windows computer, transfers them to the Mac (performing any necessary conversions), so that you can use them on your Mac in Mac apps like Safari and Word 2011. So you can then throw your Dell off a bridge and into the cold, icy wet tomb, where it belongs.

Transferring Windows XP wholesale would be a Bad Idea. Firstly, it's probably not legal particularly if Windows XP is an OEM copy that came with your Dell rather than you buying a boxed package; secondly there will be issues using Dell drivers with Apple hardware; and third, if you've had it a while, it's probably somewhat "dirty" - particularly the registry - and you'd be far better off doing a fresh install and starting from a clean slate.
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