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I set up a Windows 7 VM using parallels (uses boot camp partition - wow its very fast), and another VM running WinXP (for legacy stuff).

What I need is to automatically fire up that Windows 7 VM when I log into MacOS, but NOT run the WinXP VM.

I see I can right-click on Parallels icon and choose Options > Open at Login, but I am thinking that will either (1) not actually start up my Win7 machine or (2) will run both of them - neither is my desired result.

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Under the account settings, there is a list of items that run on start up, per user.

Place a shortcut to the Windows 7 VM in there, that should do the trick.

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Perfect - exactly what I was looking for :) – OneNerd Jan 23 '12 at 18:01

If you let Parallels close with Windows open (or running), presumably using Mac's open as left function, it'll re-open on reboot in the same state?

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i'll try it and let you know if it works :) – OneNerd Jan 22 '12 at 19:44

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