I have been running Windows 10 since the preview was released. My experience, so far, would be positive. It has been very smooth transition. As someone using a machine without a touchscreen, I would say it is a lot more functional than Windows 8/8.1. I still find the full screen apps lacking, but the operating system is smoother, overall, to me, and I enjoy using it.
I own, and generally enjoy using, a MacBook Pro 15. My only complaint on the MacBook is the lack of physical Home, End, Insert, and Delete keys. I have run Windows of various versions on it in the past using Parallels to great success.
Windows 10 has been happily living on my PC laptop, but I wanted to consolidate it, if I could, onto the MacBook Pro, so I could carry one thing. The resolution on the MacBook Pro is much higher as well and makes some of my work much easier. I am typing this on my Windows 10 VM that was restored onto Parallels on the MacBook Pro, and it's been working for a few days like a champ. I thought I would document the steps I took to move from the Physical machine to this Virtual machine if anyone else needed, as it was not that complicated once I located the information I needed.
- Make a system image backup of Windows 10
- Restore the system image backup of Windows 10 onto Parallels VM
That is the high level, now I'm going to go through the steps I took to get there.
Make a system image backup of Windows 10
- I grabbed a USB drive, and plugged it in where it was recognized as F:
Ran the following command
- wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:F: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet
- Note that you will need to replace F: with whatever drive you want to use.
Restore the system image backup of Windows 10 onto Parallels VM
- Note: This was, for me a little trickier because my VM didn't seem to see my USB drive however I mounted it to the machine, so I used my NAS.
- Connected to a share on my NAS from my PC
- Copied the folder with the backup from my USB drive to the share.
- On Mac, Open Parallels, selected my WinX ISO
- Let Parallels do the entire install (I happened to be going somewhere for a while, so this just completed while I was gone. It's not really required)
- Held SHIFT and restart to get into the recovery console
- Went to repair, advanced, system image recovery (path may be a little different, but as long as you get to system image recovery, it's ok)
- Stepped through wizard and mapped drive to NAS share
- Picked backup and restored
- Restarts happened after that as needed.
- Once Windows was started, took a snapshot and began cleaning
- Installed Parallels tools and removed the driver software for my hardware I had installed
- Took another snapshot when all was stable and start working.
One thing to note is that the Parallels tools need quite a few reboots. So if you are rebooting over and over again manually, you may think something is wrong, but it is probably fine. I wasn't being super observant, but I think it was 4 or 5 reboots that all looked like they did the same thing when they started.
This was my first time using the system image recovery tool, and I have to say compared to Time Machine, it's a bit ridiculous and convoluted. It *did* work though once I found the commands and figured out what to do. By contrast, when I got my new mac, I just pointed it at my Time Machine location (which setup found automatically for me) and pushed a button. I imagine a OSX VM would work the same way. Apple! Why don't you have HOMEENDINSERTDELETE KEYS!!! Then you would be perfect!
For the page that I drew my inspiration from, look here: