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

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Understanding RAM and Disk Space when using Windows on a Mac?

I am trying to understand how you need to set things up when trying to run Windows from a Mac (using Bootcamp / Parallels). I understand the differences in terms of Bootcamp requiring you to choose ...
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How to install Ubuntu from OS X?

I'm looking for a solution that would enable me to install Ubuntu and run it as a virtual machine under OS X but still be able to boot directly Ubuntu. If possible I would like to test both scenarios:...
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Will Parallels be safe while upgrading to El Capitan?

The new update seems pretty legit, so I am considering updating my macbook. I have Parallels installed on my computer, and I don't want it to be removed or damaged during the installation of El ...
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3.7GHz Quad-Core E5 12GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory

Excel for Mac is limited to 32-bit and also has file size limitations. My Mac Pro is 64-bit. I have a few questions about Parallels and Bootcamp. Will Parallels recognize and use all my cores and ...
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Does Fusion (VMware) support 2D graphics hardware acceleration for Yosemite guest OS?

I am disappointed to learn that the Parallels 10 (and earlier) does not support hardware accelerated 2D (nor 3D) graphics when Mac OS X is the guest OS. This means Yosemite inside Parallels runs ...
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How to share files between OSX and Windows 8 dual boot?

I'll be getting my first MacBook Pro today. Late 2013 with 256GB of SSD space. For my development activities, I'll be needing Windows 8.1 running alongside OSX. I've done some reading on both ...
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How can I remove Windows 7 from my Mac mini

I recently bought a Mac mini with the latest version Yosemite op system. I installed Parallels and then installed Windows 7 pro using the Windows install disc. I now want to remove Windows 7 all ...
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Parallels: Make sure VMs never start automatically at program startup

If I quit Parallels when there are virtual machines running, then these machines are automatically started the next time I start Parallels. Is there any way to make sure that Parallels never ...
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How to migrate an OS X guest VM to a physical machine?

I am running OS X Yosemite, and Parallels 10. I have a guest VM running OS X Yosemite. I would like to migrate the guest VM to a physical machine. Is this possible? The reason is that the guest vm is ...
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2006 MacPro - Worth upgrading for use as a VM host?

I have a MacPro 1,1 bought in early 2007. Earlier this year I was about to recycle it but tried installing an SSD as a boot/apps drive. It has been a great success, it now feels like a new machine and ...
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Parallel Desktop 0.0 KB Reclaimable

I want to increase the size of the virtual hard disk in my Windows 10 VM using Parallel Desktop, but in configuration I see Reclaimable 0.0 KB. How can I solve this?
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Paralells Reports Missing Operating System with Windows 10 bootcamp Partition

I've installed Windows 10 Release Candidate on a brand new SSD drive. My Windows Bootcamp partition boots and runs correctly, but tends to crash ocassionaly. I believe this is due to bootcamp drivers ...
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Parrallels 10 and Windows 10 keyboard typing incorrect characters

When I type a double quotes on Parallels 10 with Windows 10 I see the following character. Does anybody have any idea how to fix this?
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Windows on Parallels 10 with 2 out of 3 monitors only

I've MacBook Pro with 2 external monitors connected. Is there a way to configure Parallels so that it allows you to use 2 monitors for Windows and the main one for Mac? I only found option to make it ...
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Virtualizer that provides Retina resolution with Mac OS X as the Guest OS

Do any of the virtualizers running on Mac OS X provide Retina resolution when the Guest OS is Mac OS X? Parallels Desktop For Mac VMware Fusion VirtualBox For example on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-...
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Legally run IE for testing via Parallels on Mac, _without_ buying Windows?

Web designers and developers using Macs (and others) need to run (Windows) Internet Explorer for testing, and a popular option here is Parallels, which virtualises Windows in the background and lets ...
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How to get Cmd-Tab (Mapped to Alt-Tab) in a Parallels Windows VM to cycle just Windows Apps?

I have a Windows VM running in Parallels and is working just fine. I have mapped Apple-⌘ Cmd key to Windows-Alt and Apple-⌥ Opt to Windows-⊞ Win. When I press ⌘ Cmd-Tab - even in full screen mode - I ...
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Development environment in Visual Studio using Macbook Pro

Platform: Yosemite 10.10.4; MacbookPro 15" Retina (mid-2015). Questions regarding development on MacOS: Does Visual Studio for MacOS have all development and debugging capabilities (especially in C, ...
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Clone OS X installation from Virtual Machine to Mac Mini

I did a new OS X installation via Parallels as a Virtual Machine and configured it as Node for our Jenkins Build Server. I did this because I wanted to do an isolated installation to test adding all ...
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How can I get my Macbook Pro with Yosemite OS and Parallels Desktop 10 to run a Windows only application?

My goal is to run a Windows application on my Macbook Pro. I installed Parallels 10 on top of Yosemite and loaded a Windows 7 Ultimate image from an ISO. This appeared to be successful, but upon ...
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Parallels or VirtualBox to run Clampfit on a MacBook Pro running Yosemite 10.10.3?

I'm completely new to Macs and always used PCs so far. Said so, I'll try to be as much specific as I can. I just bought a MacBook Pro running Yosemite 10.10.3 and am considering installing Parallels ...
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Running an OS off an external drive

I'm looking to do away with my Boot Camp partition. Now I've bought a 2 TB external drive, and I was wondering if it's possible to either install a Boot Camp partition onto the external drive, or ...
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Cannot see my network on Windows 7 running under Parallels 10

I have 4 Sony laptops, a Seagate Central, 2 Wi-Fi printers and an iMac on my home network. The iMac running under OS X 10.10.3 can see all of the network devices using Finder. The laptops can see the ...
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Parallels desktop keeps creating windows/ubuntu folders in launchpad

When i remove Windows/Ubuntu folder from ~/Applications i am not seeing them in the launchpad. But whenever i launch parallels desktop - it automatically creates Windows/Ubuntu folders: How to ...
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Can I build a VM and use the image on a MacBook?

We are going to have over a hundred MacBooks in our school. We would like to create a master image with all our base settings and applications so that it can be installed on every new MacBook that ...
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Parallels Desktop 9 - wifi on Windows 7 VM

Parallels Desktop enables internet connection on your VM by sharing your current Mac's connection via ethernet-like network. I want to access on my Windows VM wifi connection, not get it from Mac but ...
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Kali Linux on Macbook

I have a question about kali linux on an Apple Macbook Pro running in Parallels. After giving the command sudo airmon-ng in terminal, it shows no interface. Does anybody know what to do or is it ...
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What is the difference between Home and Host drives on my windows Virtual Machine (Parallels)?

I am running Parallels 9 with Windows 7 on a 2011 27" iMac with 20gb of ram, i5 3.1 processor, etc. On the windows side, I have both a Home (//psf, though sometimes loads as Y:/ after a while) and ...
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Why NTFS write softwares cause some certain problems?

After installing NTFS write software on my mac, I found two problems. The Windows system in bootcamp does not show in the startup disk in Settings app. Parallels Desktop can't suspend the Bootcamp ...
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iMac with 8GB RAM — memory always almost full

I have a 27'' iMac (Late 2012, OS X 10.9.2) with 8GB RAM. The usage of memory is always above 7GB, even though I don't think I am running that much stuff. This leads to the occasional hanging of a ...
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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 I'...
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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, ...