Software providing hardware virtualisation of various operating systems for OS X.

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Parallels vs VMWare for Mac

I use Parallels on my iMac and Macbook Pro. It seems to run fine on my iMac but kind of causes my MBP to become a little sluggish and fans to get pegged. I was speaking with someone that runs ...
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Yosemite and Parallels

I was wondering if adding more RAM would help the stalls and poor performance of a mid-2011 iMac. It was working great until I upgraded to Yosemite and the newer Parallels.
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Multi-monitor virtualisation with Parallels

Is it possible to make a Windows 8.1 VM running on Parallels think it has two monitors but in reality these monitors are just two separate "desktops" as far as OSX is concerned running on a single ...
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Alter cmd-tab behaviour on OSX to group Parallels applications?

When running a Parallels virtual machine (i.e. Windows 7), cmd-tab behaves as the Parallels icon showing the list of virtual machines (which can be closed) and a separate icon for each open Windows ...
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OS X Lion Virtual Machine on Yosemite?

I have a Mid-2014 MacBook Pro (Retina), running OS X Yosemite. I would like to run OS X Lion within a virtual machine. Is this setup supported by Parallels/VirtualBox/VMware, even though this MacBook ...
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Can a Parallels VM be salvaged from a recovered .hds file (200gb file)?

The computer got hosed & we lost the .pvm file, then the Time Machine Backup drive was involved in a car crash! I know the .pvm file is a package with multiple files inside, but I've looked thru ...
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How many CPUs can be assigned to a Parallels Desktop VM?

I have an iMac with the quad core i7 CPU which shows up in Mac OS X as an eight core CPU (thanks to Hyper Threading, I think). Parallels Desktop allows me to assign 1-8 cores to the Windows VM that ...
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Does Parallels 10 fix the Fn keys issue?

In order to use the Fn Keys on Windows VMs with Parallels 9 you have to set them as standard function keys on Mac OS, which requires you the press the Fn key to access the special functions ...
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Parallels Desktop for Mac: Stuck on “Preparing to configure your virtual machine…”

I bought and installed Parallels Desktop on my Mac. I installed Parallels Transporter Agent on my Windows machine that runs Windows 7. I migrated my windows machine to my Mac, took about 36 hours. I ...
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Problem reinstalling PostgreSQL after installing Parallels

I’m trying to reinstall postgresql on my mac (yosemite) after installing parallels seemed to mess up permissions to directories that psql and homebrew need. I was able to force-uninstall psql, but ...
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Installing Windows 7 on Mac. A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing

I'm installing Windows 7 on my Mac via Parallels. During installation I'm getting. "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing." message. Doesn't give me any option to proceed further. What am ...
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How does Parallels' CPU and ram usage work? When to shutdown virtual machine?

I run Windows 7 using Parallels in host operating system OSX. I have it configured to use 2GM ram and 2 cores on a Retina MacBook Pro with 8GB ram. I'm curious under what conditions I will experience ...
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How to disable line break conversion in Parallels Desktop?

When copying text between a Windows client and the OSX host Parallels converts line endings, which is a big nuisance. Can this be disabled?
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Parallels window problem

I'm using Parallels on my mac. But when I open a software the font are so small, it's very weird. Can anyone help me out!!! The picture above is when I open up my chrome, how can I fix it?
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steam and Parallels Desktop 10?

I am planning on buying a Macbook Pro and Parallels Desktop 10, but I also love PC video games and I want to know if anyone knows how/if Steam games can run easily through Parallels Desktop. Also if ...
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Using Time Machine with Virtualization (Parallels, VirtualBox, VMWare, etc…)

Since a single small change to a VM file should (I think) cause the entire multi-gigabyte file to be backed up again, are there any ideas I can use to more effectively backup my machine? Assume that ...
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How to start to recovery mode in a Mac OS X VM in Parallels?

Is it possible to start into Recovery/Internet recovery mode in a virtualized Mac OS X in Parallels? It would come in handy to take screenshots of those UIs or running apps to exemplify some steps ...
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shutdown or suspend in parallels

I use Windows 8.1 in Parallels. Daily in evening for 5 hours, I open my C++ primer book (PDF) and code in Visual Studio. I feel little lazy in closing the book and Visual Studio everyday. Should I ...
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AntiVirus for Mac running parallels

I'm using OS X 10.10.1 on my Mac. I use Parallels Desktop 10 and VMware Fusion 7.1. I do use windows a lot on Parallels and Fusion (Several Virtual machines). Windows 8.1,7 and XP. I've installed ...
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Can't open PDF's in Outlook using Parallels 8 vm

All of the sudden, I am not able to open PDF's that are attached to emails, UNLESS I save/copy them to different location. Once I save it/copy it or drag it from the email to my OSX 10.8.5 Desktop, ...
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How to suspend a virtual machine using AppleScript (when hibernating the Mac)?

I need an application, which will: Activate Parallels Desktop While holding Opt, select 'Actions > Suspend' Activate SmartSleep Minimize SmartSleep Click 'Hibernate' of menu item 'QuickSleep' of ...
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Parallels: Make windows can select Wi-Fi hot spot

I'm using Parallels for running windows 8. My question is: In windows 8, the network icon always shows ethernet although I have selected Wi-Fi network in the settings. If my mac is connected to ...
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Running OS X as a guest on Retina Macbook pro

I installed OS X 10.9 Mavericks on Parallels Desktop 10. and I installed Parallels Tools and gave 2 Cores, 2GB RAM and 384MB to that VM. But It's only showing 256MB VRAM on the About Mac section. and ...
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Can one use Apple's Bootcamp drivers on a Parallels VM?

So this just occurred to me: What if I installed Windows as a Parallels VM and used bootcamps drivers instead of the parallels drivers, would this work? Something tells me it won't, and that this is ...
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Isolate Mac & Windows sharing parallels

I am using parallel desktop. Before I installed parallels drivers both were isolated. Now all my folders are shared with Mac and Windows mutually. I can't simply uninstall the drivers because drivers ...
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What does “sudo nvram boot-args=”debug=0x10“” do to my Mac?

Because Parallels Desktop 10 and Fusion 7 both run slow on Yosemite, there are KB articles which make the users execute sudo nvram boot-args="debug=0x10" For instance here: ...
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How to Install and Run Yosemite in Parallels?

I'm not ready to commit to Yosemite yet as my primary OS. So I thought I'd load up a Parallels VM to try it out. Although Parallels seems to create the Yosemite .dmg file correctly, it just won't ...
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OSX 10.X App Compatibility Legality - Parallels [closed]

I've been a very long time Windows user and software engineer and last year I bought my first MacBook Pro. One of the issues I've been genuinely shocked by is the questions around application ...
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Can Parallels use NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M indirectly?

I'd like to run windows 7 via Parallels using a new 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina display. Now, I am considering spending extra on the model with a dedicated graphics card: (NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M ...
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excel files look different on OSX Desktop w/Parallels

I have two Excel files on my OSX Desktop. One is an alias and it has the double red lines/logo of Parallels, the other does not. See attached screen shot. Can anyone tell me why this occurs? I don't ...
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Parallels app starts from hotkey - not wanted

I have an annoying situation where some key combination, not even sure which, starts up an app in a Parallels VM running Windows, Parallels build 8.0.18619. The app is Chrome. Normally the VM in ...
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Running parallels with Bootcamp image, getting validation/“Genuine” errors

I'm running Windows 7 on bootcamp on my mid-2009 MBP. I've been doing this for a few years now, originally on Parallels 6 and now on 9. I'm on Mavericks on the Mac side. When I upgraded to 9 (to ...
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Keyboard shortcut mapping for Ctrl+Alt+Del in Parallels

I'm a Windows user with a Windows-oriented keyboard, and I switched the Command and Ctrl keys in OSX, because I want to use the same keyboard shortcuts whether in Windows or OSX. This came back to ...
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Migrating parallels PVM from Mac to Windows

I have a Linux image (Parallels v9 PVM file) on my MBP, which I would like to migrate to Windows (to clarify: so that the Linux image can be launched from Windows, instead of from Mac). Is this ...
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Why ever does Parallels 8 recommend max 4 GB RAM for a VM?

I'm a VMware Fusion user and am trying out Parallels since VMware has some quirks that are annoying on Mountain Lion on a retina MacBook Pro (16 GB RAM). I'm wondering about the baffling Parallels ...
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Mac as virtual machine guest: How to use multiple displays?

I'm working on a test environment for testing Mac software. The plan is to use virtual machines (for example VMWare or Parallels) and install older versions as guest operating system, allowing me to ...
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Cannot set permissions on Parallels volume

I have Parallels Desktop 9 running on Mac OSX 10.9.4. Whenever I try to [sudo] chmod +x a file on the Parallels volume it doesn't do anything. I have to copy the file to a local folder for this to ...
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Running Parallels VMs from a NAS

As I don't have enough internal storage space on my MacBook Pro, I used to store my Parallels VMs on an external 500 GB HDD connected via Firewire 800. However, that drive eventually died, and I ...
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Moving Parallels Desktop 8 to 9

I was happily using PD 8.0 . Then I upgraded to Yosemite 10.10 and now Parallels 8.0 does not work anymore. Did some search and looks like they have fixed it for Parallels 9.0 So I have to upgrade, Ok ...
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How to run a Visual Studio on Parallels Desktop with Elevated privilages via dock icon

I have a OS X Mavericks with Parallels Desktop 9 hosting Windows 8.1 on it. Windows has Visual Studio 2013 installed. I am working in Coherence mode. If I run Visual Studio from Start menu or some ...
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Creating a test environment for Mac software

My company develops commercial Mac software. Our flagship product runs on OS X 10.6.8+. We want to improve our software quality with better and more comprehensive testing. What hardware and OS's ...
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Boot Camp Windows 7 Taskbar overlapping maximized windows

I have Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium x64 installed under Boot Camp 4.0 in OS X Lion (10.7.2) on the 2011 Mac mini and it's also hooked into Parallels Desktop 7 as a VM when I need it in OS X. An ...
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Very small resolution on external monitor Windows 7 with Macbook Pro Retina

I have a Macbook Pro Retina 13", and I run both OSX and Windows 7. My Windows 7 is run in Parallels. I work with OSX on the screen of the Macbook, and Windows on an external monitor (with the typical ...
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Very slow to open Outlook on Parallels 8 with Windows 7 on OS X 10.8.5

When I wake my MacBook Air after being in sleep mode, and open Outlook 2010, it can take 30+ seconds to open. This is a relatively new phenomenon. My system is a MacBook Air (i5 and 8GBs memory) ...
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How to do Ctrl+Alt+Del via Logitech iPad keyboard

This is and old question, but all the answers I managed to find in the Internet didn't solved my issue. I am using a Logitech wireless keyboard on my iPad --- "Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover" to ...
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MacBook Air / Parallels USB Storage Drive Association Issues

I am working with a 13" MacBook Air and G-Drive w/Thunderbolt. I have to utilize Parallels/Windows to run ESRI ArcView. The G-Drive and another Lacie Storage Drive are tied in to my 27" Thunderbolt ...
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Is my computer infected by the Recycler virus?

I installed Parallels Desktop for Mac and installed Windows 7. It seems like I loaded an infected file and now there are some $RECYCLER.bin folders around some places. Is this the Recycler virus? How ...
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Recover data from Windows XP Parallels since Mavericks incompatibility

I am using a Mac Pro with Parallels and Windows XP. It was working until I upgraded the Mac with OS X Mavericks and now Windows XP is no longer compatible. How can I retrieve my data from XP?
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Why is Parallels 8 suddenly “not supported on this type of mac”?

I've been running Parallels 8 on my mac with Mavericks just fine for weeks now. Last night I was using it. Suddenly I wake up this morning and when I try to start it, I get the message "You can't open ...
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how to expand bootcamp boot partition to previously existed NTFS data partition

Some time ago I've partitioned my disk using this scheme: shrinked OS X partition, created NTFS data partition for Windows, then installed Windows on Bootcamp partition. Recently I installed ...