Software providing hardware virtualization for Macintosh computers with Intel processors.

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How can I stop Parallels from un-mounting Bootcamp partition

I installed parallels 9 on OS10.9 and am using it to run my bootcamp partition. However it unmounts the bootcamp partition on load and I would like to prevent this from happening if possible. Can I do ...
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Has anyone working Parallel 7 on Mavericks?

I am using Parallels 7. And I was not going to upgrade to Mavericks because I don't have any money now :( But surprisingly, Mavericks is free!!! And this made me to think about upgrade... The only ...
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Parallel desktop 8 running on USB3 flash driver doesn't respond

I have my parallel desktop 8 running windows 7 on a SanDisk Extreme® USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive. My Mac is Macbook Air 2012 8GB Ram 128GB SSD. I do some research to ensure my Mac support USB3 and ...
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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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Where do the Windows applications go when Windows 7 is removed from Parallels Desktop 7

I adore Parallels on the Mac. I forgot my password to Windows 7, so I hunted for advice on web & found that password is essential - so I 'removed' Windows. Tried to reinstall but told onscreen ...
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Why should I use something other than Parallels

I am looking to use Master Genealogist on my Mac Pro with Parallels. Does anyone have experience using this program for Windows on a Mac? Any suggestions for a better setup than Parallels?
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What have more performance, a virtualized Boot Camp partion or a virtual hard drive?

I need to virtualize some Windows applications (I will use Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion). I have to options: To install Windows in a partition using Boot Camp and virtualize this partition ...
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How to execute a Parallels Windows application with command line parameters from Mac?

I am trying to call Beyond Compare Windows app to perform a file compre directly from Mac but I am block with command line argument passing. You can call Windows applications from the OS X command ...
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Error when trying to install Snow Leopard Server in Parallels

In a previous question, it was asked if Snow Leopard Server is supported in Parallels 8, and from Parallels documentation, it would appear that it is. I am trying to stand up a Snow Leopard Server VM ...
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Snow Leopard Server as a Parallels VM

Basic question. I have a licensed copy of Snow Leopard Server, and I want to run it in Parallels 8 as a guest OS. Can this be done?
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Can I Boot VMWare or Parallels from an internal OS X hard drive?

The SSD on my MacBook has 4 partitions, each of which has a bootable installation of OS X. Is there any way to boot from one of these partitions with a virtualization app? I don't want to create an ...
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Macbook Pro 2011 Snow Leopard Boot Camp with Parallels Desktop 8

Quick question in response to a very thorough bootcamp post already on this forum. For anybody that has a working Mac, Windows and Shared partition ... is the Boot Camp partition recognised by ...
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Windows desktop not showing properly under Parallels Desktop

I'm stuck and not finding any real solutions... I have MacBook Pro (2011) running Mac 10.7.5. Research led me to look into using Parallels Desktop to have Windows on same machine. So I did and then ...
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How can I stop Firefox from always floating on top in Parallels 7 with Windows 7?

I've got set up with Parallels 7 running Windows 7, and I'm finding that Firefox is forever sitting in front of all my other windows. I'm unable to even tab to them, I have to actually move Firefox ...
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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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Windows 8 version specifically for Mac

I really dont understand this. My school sells products to students via onthehub.com. They offer a separate version of Windows 8 Pro that they claim is specifically for Macs. How does this make any ...
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Can spotlight locate/find files in a VM, specifically Outlook 2010?

I run Windows 7 via Parallels 8 on my MBA running OS X10.8.4. Is there a way to configure spotlight to locate/find contacts or emails in Outlook? Spotlight finds other VM created files such as Word, ...
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How do i copy my System into Parallels?

Is it even possible ? I want to boot my actual Mac OS X Server in Parallels. ( With all the programs and setting ) The Reason is : I want to create a Test-System, where i can experiment without ...
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Is it possible to a full system Copy and run it in Parallels?

i have Mac Server and i want to have a full copy of the System. So i can play around and test new Software and Upgrades before i apply it to the real System. I am using Parallels and want to create a ...
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Parallels VM process has high CPU on Macbook Pro Retina when running Chrome in Parallels 8

When I look in Activity Monitor in Mac OS X 10.8.3 on a Macbook Pro 15" Retina while running Chrome (Build 26.0.1410.64) in a Windows 8 Pro VM hosted in Parallels 8 (Build 8.0.18483) I see that the ...
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VirtualBox or Parallels: Great Visualization

I decide to choose two virtual machines. VirtualBox and Parallels. Issue: Which of them good enough for visualization tasks? (GPU, games) I want to install on my Macbook Pro 2011 more RAM: 4gb -> ...
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NTFS-Bootcamp-partition thinks it is a FAT partition

I'm running 10.8.3 Snow Leopard and installed Windows 7 x64 using Bootcamp. Both system are running fine. I couldn't use the bootcamp-partition inside in Parallels and then I read about Tuxera NTFS ...
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Change Mac settings depending on situation

I use my mac as a lightweight laptop at college, but when I get home I plug it in to charge and plug in 2 external monitors and use it for more power use. Some things that really annoy me are ...
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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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Parallels doesn't recognize Windows 8 Bootcamp

I just upgraded my OSX to 10.8.3 and installed Windows 8 via Bootcamp. For some reasons Parallels (8.0.18354) doesn't recognize this Bootcamp partition. It doesn't show up in the Parallels Wizard used ...
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Is it possible to launch a Linux application running under Parallels from OS X?

I am looking for a way to launch an individual application (e.g. Firefox) on my Ubuntu installation which is running under Parallels. I am open to any method of launching such as a shortcut (like how ...
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Can Mountain Lion bridge two network adapters for Parallels VM use?

I need bridged networking under Parallels for a VPN from the Windows VM. However, this conflicts with my main OS (Mountain Lion) using the same adapter. I'd be happy to direct the mac to wifi ...
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Remove all references to Parallels 7 Windows 7 VM programs

My system has been polluted with references to programs residing in a Windows 7 VM in Parallels 7. For example, Windows programs show up in Spotlight, and in Safari settings under General->Default ...
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troubleshoot applescripted typing missing shift key and numerics in windows xp under parallels 8?

I am using a Windows XP VM with Parallels 8 under Mountain Lion. I have a remote desktop connection from XP that does not allow pasting from the clipboard, but typing works, of course. I have an ...
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How can I use Windows via Parallels or Fusion with MINIMAL HARD DISK space?

I would like to use VMWare Fusion or Parallels (or another option for running Windows within OSX; not Wine), but I am concerned about the hard disk space requirements. How can I reduce the hard disk ...
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Parallels shared folders not working

I've followed the manual in setting up the shared folders on my Windows 7 installation under Parallels version 7.0.15106, but still I can not find my Mac folders in Windows explorer! I have tried both ...
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Retina Macbook Pro BootCamp vs Parallells Performance

I'm thinking of getting rid of my old gaming PC and just bootcamping / virtualizing on my Retina Macbook Pro. I've tried using a VM (VMWare Fusion) and the performance there was pretty awful, has ...
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How to safely and successfully use Bootcamp?

I am currently running Parallels 7 to use windows applications, however, games do not run efficiently and I heard Bootcamp is better for gaming. I tried installing bootcamp but soon enough I ran into ...
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Restarting from bootcamp makes virtualization software run extremely slow

i've an issue with every dedicated software used for virtualization. My macbook pro 5,3 (2,66ghz P8800, 8 gb ram, ssd ocz agility 3 120 gb, hdd installed into the cd slot; mac os x mountain lion ...
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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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Can a Parallels VM be salvaged from a recovered .hds file (200gb file)?

The computer got hosed & we lost the .pvm file, then the TM Backup drive was involved in a car crash! The original problem with the TM drive was "stiction", they put the drive into a clean room ...
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How do I access my apache web-server (running locally) from Windows 7 running on Parallels?

I'm running Windows 7 from within Parallels running on MacOS X Lion. I've also setup a local apache server; I can access this server from MacOS X via any browser. I've configured this using a ...
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Parallels creates /Users/Shared/Parallels on boot, blocks ZFS /Users from mounting

Does anyone know why Parallels creates /Users/Shared/parallels on boot? Or what creates it? I have a ZFS volumes for /Users. However, since installing Parallels 7 I've found that the ZFS volume can't ...
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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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How to migrate from Parallels to VirtualBox?

I've tried Parallels and it's great but I still find it quite "expensive" so I would like to try out VirtualBox. Is there a way to migrate my Parallels installation to VirtualBox? The versions: ...
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Parallels 8 - will iPhone sync with OS X side and VM side?

I've just purchased a 2012 13" MacBook Air. I hope to run Windows 7 in Parallels 8 to access Office 2010, including Outlook 2010. Currently, my iPhone syncs to Outlook via a hosted Exchange for mail ...
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Why is parallels giving me the error “there is no disk in the drive”?

I installed parallels on my macbook pro and i installed windows 7 iso via a DVD. at first everything looked fine exception now I am now trying to compile an asp.net-mvc app in visual studio and i get ...
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Should I create a Bootcamp partition (even if i plan on using parallels)?

I just got a mac and i need to use windows sometimes. I plan on buying parallels. Someone mentioned that even though i plan on using parallels (so i don't need to reboot to run windows) that I ...
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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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The free vs. inactive memory ratio on a Mac with 16 GB RAM has me concerned

I am looking for clarification since I am seeing large allocations of RAM on my Mac. I have 16 GB of RAM and recently installed Windows 7 on Parallels. When the machine runs, I see 3.55 GB Free memory ...
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What is the difference between various VM solutions?

I'm new to the Mac platform and need to figure out which virtualization platform is best for me. Is there a comparison list of features (and missing features) for each of the major virtualization ...
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Is there a way to update parallels without using automatic updates?

I need to be able to download updates to Parallels on one machine and then distribute the update to multiple, other machines, on a separate network. Is there a way to do this? I've tried to both ...
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VMware Fusion vs. Parallels Desktop vs. Boot Camp

I've been wanting to get Windows on my retina MacBook Pro for a while now but there are so many softwares that I simply gave up. I recently found out that VMware Fusion, Parallels, and Boot Camp are ...
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Should I run Parallels off of my SSD or my internal HD?

I have an internal SSD running Mountain Lion and my apps and an internal 5400 rpm drive with most of my other data (pictures, movies, music). I've put my Parallels (using version 7) virtual machine ...
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Advised setup for: Parallels, Time Machine, Security, Windows 7, and MS Visual Studio 2010

I just bought the latest MacBook Air 13". I run Parallels with Windows 7, but I'm running out of disk space quickly. So, I'm now considering moving the VM to an external hard drive. With that I want ...