Software providing hardware virtualization for Macintosh computers with Intel processors.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Using the ALT key in Windows with Parallels

I need Windows for my development environment on my Mac. I use Alt-U and Alt-S a lot in this software. I can't do this on my Mac. Is there a way to send the Alt key presses to the virtual machine? ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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How to get a device back in Parallels?

I'm using Windows 7 with Parallels Desktop. When I open an instance of Windows 7, I see the 'Device' menu. I can choose which OS (Windows or OS X) can own a device within the menu. The problem is, ...
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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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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 ...
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Parallels video memory

I have a new 27" iMac with 1 GB of video card memory. I'm trying to play The Witcher 2 in Parallels. (Boot Camp is just too much of a hassle.) It appears I can allocate only 256 MB of video memory to ...
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Un-integrate Parallels for Mac OS X

When installing Parallels in Mac OS X 10.6 I believe I chose to integrate Windows XP with OS X. Some files are now associated with programs in Windows even though there are OS X equivalents. This is ...
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Installing a Lion Vm within Mountain Lion

I have a few issues with Mountain Lion that mean I need to have occasional access to a Lion installation. I have bootable clones of my old Lion install before I upgraded, but sometimes I only need to ...
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Different desktop with different dock?

I'm using 10.7.4, and I use multiple desktops (in Spaces). When I switch between desktops, the dock does not change. I open an application in Desktop 1 and its icon remains in the dock after I ...
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how to fix the parallels so it won't make the cpu work in 100% and above(140%)

I have seen that is a common problem: http://forum.parallels.com/showthread.php?t=112661 but there is no solution or any relevant update. the parallel runs my win7 and when it startup it consume all ...
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Parallels - Can I have a keyboard shortcut for the context-menu key found on Wintel hardware?

On a lot of Windows keyboards there's a key to the right of the spacebar that brings up the context-menu (right-click menu) in applications (I'm running Win7). I can't seem to find a way to map this ...
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How can I force Parallels to ask about re-associating my USB drive with my Mac or VM?

When I plug in a USB drive while my VM is running, Parallels offers a dialog lightbox asking whether the USB drive should associate with the Mac or the VM. Once this choice is made, Parallels tends to ...
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Sandboxing prl_disp_service to prevent disk waking

So there is prl_disp_service, a Parallels 7 background service that periodically wakes the internal hard drive in my Macbook Pro although it`s unmounted most of the time since I boot from an SSD I ...
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IR Remote stopped working

Most likely after installing/(and since removed) Parallels my Apple IR Remote stopped working. I've confirmed that it's not the battery (using the built in camera) and later tried it on another mac ...
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Does Parallels Desktop support hardware virtualization for the client VM?

I have a new MacBook pro (I just switched from PC), and an older scanner (a Mustek A3 USB). The scanner comes with drivers for OS 9 (I assume that's a non-starter on OS X), and Windows XP. I have ...
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Problems with Parallels and backing up with Time Machine

I use Macbook Air and Lion. I use Time Machine to back up on my Drobo FS. All seems to be ok until I use Parallels. The Time Machine seems to take my virtual machine as one file so every time I open ...
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Showing the taskbar in Parallels Coherence mode

I just installed Parallels 6 and upon launching it for the first time, it started up in coherence mode and I saw the taskbar overlayed the Mac OS X UI. After a few seconds, though, it disappeared. I ...
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Can you remap keys to only be used while using VMware?

I've just started using VMware, and I am admittedly a novice Mac user. Anyways, I installed Windows 7 on my iMac, and I've been playing this little indie game that requires the use of the insert and ...
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How can I get parallels 6 to run well on my MBP

I've been trying to run windows 7 on my MBP on parallels so that I can test different browsers. Trouble is, it is just slow, I mean excruciatingly slow. Like booting it up takes 15 minutes. It's ...
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Paralells Desktop changes default Application to play .mp4 files

Even though I have selected the option "Always Open with" Quicktime Player for my .mp4 files. The changes never take effect and instead when I open a video, parallels desktop launches Windows Media ...
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Software to emulate Windows 7 on OS X, for developing

I need to load Windows 7 under OS X. These are my Macbook Pro's features: Mac OSX 10.7.2 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 Which software would be the most suitable for me, considering ...
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Bootcamp/Parallels - how to use the the line-out on my MacPro

I have a 2010 MacPro which I'm multi-booting (OS X, Win 7) using Parallels and Bootcamp depending on what I'm doing. I can't see how to change the audio setting so that the line-out on the back of ...
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Parallels windowed mode - make window larger

I'm using Parallels 7 with windows 7 in windowed view mode. The program i'm running in windows is fullscreened. I want to make the window larger, as it's very small by default. Dragging the edges ...
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How can I get the Parallels Desktop Application Icons in Launchpad?

I have the opposite problem of this one; I have Parallels Desktop 6 installed and while I do have the Applications folder in the dock, I don't have links to any of these applications in Launchpad. ...
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How to restore Parallel's Applications folder?

Normally when you install Parallels, it adds a folder to the dock which acts exactly like the default Applications folder on the Mac, except for all the Windows apps. It even organizes them in ...
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Migrating Parallels to a new Machine

Hi I am migrating my Parallels install and VMs to a new machine. Is there an easy way to do this without having to reinstall all my software on my VM?
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Never ask about Parallels registration

Is there an option to prevent the Parallels Desktop 6 registration permanently?
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Migrating an old physical Windows PC to a virtual machine on the Mac

I have a soon-to-be-retired Sony Windows XP PC and I want to transfer it to my Mac and run it as a virtual machine on my Mac. I have used Parallels and VMware before on a Mac but I have always ...
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How do I extract Parallels Desktop's dock icon?

Parallels Desktop has ugly red bars on its icon. How can I remove those bars?