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Software providing hardware virtualization for Macintosh computers with Intel processors.

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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I set up one Parallels VM to start automatically while leaving the rest off?

I set up a Windows 7 VM using parallels (uses boot camp partition - wow its very fast), and another VM running WinXP (for legacy stuff). What I need is to automatically fire up that Windows 7 VM when ...
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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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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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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 do I extract Parallels Desktop's dock icon?

Parallels Desktop has ugly red bars on its icon. How can I remove those bars?
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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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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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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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How does Parallels handle hard drive usage?

I'm used to VirtualBox, which gives the option of either, a) fixed portion of hard drive (i.e. choose 40gb, and 40gb gets taken up in OS X); or b) dynamic usage (i.e. I choose 40gb max cap, and it ...
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Skyrim on parallels [closed]

Will I be able to play Skyrim in Parallels? These are my specs: http://cl.ly/0o3l2Z2w2I422k2o101D Bootcamp is a non-starter for me (too lazy). Thanks!
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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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Built-in card reader in MacBook Pro doesn't work [duplicate]

As the title says, the built-in card reader in my MacBook Pro doesn't work. It simply doesn't do anything when I instert an SD card. I'm using Mac OS X 10.6.8. I guess one of the issues might be ...
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Is parallels 7 better in performance then Vmware Fusion 4?

I got Vmware Fusion 4 when I bought my MAC Book Pro ( core i7 2.0Ghz Quad Core 6MB Cache, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD). I installed Win7 first on Vmware and then later WinXp. In both case the Virtual ...
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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 about Parallels 7's Lion support especially in graphics performance?

I heard that Parallels 6 lack of GPU acceleration with Lion guest. So it's very slow. How about this on Parallels 7?
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Parallels Desktop - 1 Apple ID, 2 Macs

I've tried to search the Parallels Desktop website, but did not find any information about licensing in this case: If I use the same Apple ID on two Macs, is it then possible for me to install ...
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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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Graphics Card on Windows 7 on MBP

I was just wondering was it possible to use the "AMD Radeon HD 6490M " card of MBP on Windows 7 by installing Win7 either on a) Boot Camp b) Parallels c) VmWare as I like to play games on Win7 for ...
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Will Windows 7 want two license keys if I go Bootcamp + Parallels?

I read that Parallels 6+ can use Bootcamp installations of Windows, and I'd like to go this route. But I've read reports that Windows will detect a major hardware change significant enough to ask for ...
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Is lion upgrade compatible with parallels 6?

I just upgraded my one month old osx desktop computer to lion. I had parallels desktop 6 on it and now I cannot access parallels. Do I have to reload windows? Have I lost everything in windows? I must ...
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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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“Unable to load the Parallels driver” after upgrade to Lion

I have Parallels Desktop 6 (6.0.11994) installed and after an upgrade to Lion, whenever I start Parallels, I get these two messages: Then Parallels Virtual Machines window appears but neither of ...
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How can I remove the Parallels icons from Launchpad in Lion?

I have Parallels Desktop 6 installed and after an upgrade to Lion I got a whole bunch of Windows app icons on Launchpad: They look ugly and don't have a remove button. They also don't exist in my ...