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Dual Booting OSX and Windows 7 on Apple Hardware

Posted in Uncategorized by alfredomarchena on January 16, 2013

I am a fan of both Apple OSX and Microsoft Windows. As a technology advocate i find myself pushing my limits and getting myself in situations that most people don’t. 

That being said, all Apple computers (that i know of) come with a feature called Boot Camp which is a multi boot utility that allows the partitioning/sizing of an existing OSX to also boot up Windows 7. Its great since it lets you have the best of both worlds, its limitation is that you can only in theory boot to one operating system at a time (true dual-boot).

Now, add VMware Fusion to the mix — Fusion has a feature that will essentially let you import an existing Bootcamp partition and … get ready for this… run BOTH OSX and Windows simultaneously.

Whats even more exciting is that, even after imported and giving you the ability to simultaneously booth booth, you can power off the VM, reboot OSX – boot to Windows and vice versa flawlessly… or so i thought.

what i started seeing was… when Windows 7 booted into its own OS (sand Fusion) it would be activated, but when booting from Fusion it would not be. Eventually i started seeing an activation failed message.

the solution (pretty stupid) is to log into the Windows 7 physical OS, let it activate and shut down, boot into OSX then open Windows 7 from Fusion.

Odd behavior… but it works. Perhaps its because when its Fusion loaded some of the components change (perhaps VMware Fusion presents the hw components differently, which is more likely the case).


hope that solves someone a headache but i am certain most of you would have eventually figured it out.


Posted in Uncategorized by alfredomarchena on January 3, 2013

i havent posted anything in a while, mainly because i haven’t found anything worthwhile sharing – however for a good part of the year in 2012 i was trying to figure out good way to sync files & folders across all my computers. that being said, i have 2 OSX devices and 3 Windows devices. the journey into self evaluation and their pros and cons was interesting and a pain in the rear at times. i will sometime this month write up something on that experience… suffice to say though, there is no silverbullet when trying to sync from Windows <–> OSX. expect something here in the next few weeks.