Software providing hardware virtualization for Macintosh computers with Intel processors.

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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a way to connect to office VPN using parallels (windows) but surf on host Mac OS X?

My office VPN called Juniper does not gets installed on Mac OS X. I am using Parallels to run guest Windows on my macbook pro with OS X Yosemite. I don't know what I am asking, and if it is even ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Random keyboard actions in Parallels Desktop 9

I'm running PD9 here on Mavericks and I mainly use Visual Studio 2013. Constantly it seems like PD is getting incorrect keyboard input. Suddenly Visual Studio changes to a new file or the Windows ...
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Forwarding a single port from one network adapter to another?

I have a Parallels Desktop virtual machine with Host-Only networking. I want to set up Remote Desktop on Windows (port 3389) while not exposing any other part of Windows to the external network. ...
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Where is a list of “Boot flags” available for Parallels Desktop for Mac?

In the need to disable/remove the not configured ata5, ata6, ata7 and ata8 devices, I was looking for a list of available Boot flags for Parallels Desktop for Mac. So far I found this list: ...
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Transform Parallels Windows disk in native Windows, bootable with Bootcamp

I use Parallels 8 to run Windows 7 in my MacBook with Mountain Lion. But I'd like to have Windows running natively in my Mac. I don't want to start again with a clean Windows installation, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Migrating parallels PVM from Mac to Windows

I have a Linux image (Parallels v9 PVM file) on my MBP, which I would like to migrate to Windows (to clarify: so that the Linux image can be launched from Windows, instead of from Mac). Is this ...
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Parallels Desktop Minimum Hard Disk Space to allocate?

My current hard disk drive 256GB is already not enough for me. Therefore, I wish to reduce the allocation of my Parallels Desktop. I did the "Reclaim" to get 11GB back, but PD still occupies 63.6GB. ...
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My mac came with Mountain Lion. I upgraded to mavericks - and now I can't find mountain lion download

According to I've bought Mountain Lion, but where can I download it now? it should be in my purchase tab, but it isn't. ("option" does not help, it just lets you redownload if it is already in the ...
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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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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, ...