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Launching your Boot Camp partition in VMware Fusion (1014618)

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VMware Fusion allows you to launch an already-installed Boot Camp partition without affecting its ability to boot natively. This gives you the ability to access a Boot Camp partition from both inside the Mac OS using Fusion, and by rebooting and launching Windows directly.

This document describes how to launch a Boot Camp partition in VMware Fusion.
Note: VMware Fusion does not support partitions created by any program other than Boot Camp Assistant. VMware Fusion only supports partitions created by exactly following the instructions in Apple's Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide. It does not support Boot Camp partitions migrated by using third-party software.

Note: The preceding links were correct as of September 5, 2013. If you find a link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.


To launch an existing Boot Camp partition in VMware Fusion:
  1. Launch VMware Fusion.
  2. In the Fusion menu bar, go to Window > Virtual Machine Library.
  3. Click the play button that appears beside the Boot Camp partition.

    Note: In Fusion 3 and later, if you do not see your Boot Camp partition, you must re-add it to the Virtual Machine Library:

    • In Fusion 5.x and above:

      1. Open the Virtual Machine Library by clicking Window > Virtual Machine Library.
      2. In the upper-left corner in the Virtual Machine Library window, click + > New Boot Camp.

    • In Fusion 4.x:

      1. Open the Virtual Machine Library by clicking Window > Virtual Machine Library.
      2. Click Run Boot Camp at the bottom of the Virtual Machine Library window.

    • In Fusion 3.x:

      1. Click the Home icon on the left side of the Virtual Machine Library.
      2. Click Run Windows from your Boot Camp partition on the right.

  4. When prompted, provide your Mac OS password for authentication. Fusion prepares the Boot Camp partition to run in a virtual environment. This may take several minutes. When preparation is complete, the Boot Camp partition launches.

    Note: In Fusion 3.1, the ability to remember this password was added. After entering your password, Fusion asks:
    Would you like to be asked for administrative privileges every time you access Boot camp Disks?

    Select Never Ask to have Fusion remember your password and not prompt you for it again.

  5. When prompted, proceed with the installation of VMware Tools.
  6. When prompted, restart Windows.
  7. When Windows reboots, log in normally. You may be prompted to reactivate Windows because different hardware is recognized by the operating system. You only need to do this once. For more information, see Activating Windows when swapping between Boot Camp and a virtual machine in VMware Fusion (1003426).

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Update History

05/06/10 - Added the Note and sub-steps to step 3; Clarified which password is required, in step 4 05/21/2010 - Added troubleshooting link 07/05/2010 - Added note to purpose, delineating support restrictions 09/16/2010 - Added Fusion 4.x information 08/23/2012 - Added Fusion 5.x information 09/05/2013 - Added Fusion 6.x information 08/26/2014 - Updated for Fusion 7.x

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