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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Headphones, MacBook Pro, Parallels and no sound on the headphones

I have Parallels installed on my MacBook Pro. I have a headset plugged in. There is no option to choose to play sound on the headset. My options are Internal Speakers and Internal Sound or ...
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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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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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Install bootcamp with my parallels partition

I've been using parallels for a while and I want to use that partition for bootcamp. I've read about doing it the other way, using bootcamp in parallels but not from parallels -> bootcamp. How do I do ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Copy between 10.9 host and guest in Parallels

I have been using Parallels 9 no problem for quite a while for .Net development in Windows. I have recently changed over to working on OS X applications, and as such, I am using Xamarin.Mac. As a ...
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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 ...