Software providing hardware virtualisation of various operating systems for OS X.

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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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Should I virtualize Windows on Mac OS X using Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion?

I have a MacBook Air and would like to install Windows Vista in a virtual machine, so I can use both Mac OS X and Windows at the same time. I have tried with VirtualBox, but it performed very bad and ...
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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 ...
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What are some reasons to run Windows on a Mac? [closed]

I'm interested in knowing why one would run Windows on a Mac. I may be required by my school to do so, and I'm curious about potential reasons. So, what are some of the reasons to run Windows on your ...
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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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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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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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How can I really disable the Cmd to Win key mapping in Parallels Desktop 5?

Removed it from System Preferences > Keyboard. No go. Remapped ⌘ Cmd to be Ctrl. No go. Ripping out the ⌘ Cmd key shouldn't be the solution. Anyone?...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My Windows 7 Boot Camp partition is missing. Why doesn't Parallels recognize it?

I installed Windows 7 on my (month-old) Macbook Pro using boot camp assistant. I basically used defaults throughout, so I don't think there's anything crazy about my setup. Usually, after doing this, ...
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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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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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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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Accessing Mac's Virtual Hosts from Parallel's XP

I am having problem with accessing Virtual Hosts (located on my Mac) from XP installed via Parallels. Here's the setup: Mac OS X 10.6.6 using pre-installed apache running via Web Sharing (not ...
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Why is Windows 7 giving me a software counterfeiting error?

I have a legitimate copy of Windows 7 Ultimate installed via Bootcamp on my Macbook Pro. I also have Parallels 5 installed on my Mac OS X, which can boot up Bootcamp's partition of Windows 7. I'm ...
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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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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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Running an OS off an external drive

I'm looking to do away with my Boot Camp partition. Now I've bought a 2 TB external drive, and I was wondering if it's possible to either install a Boot Camp partition onto the external drive, or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 get Cmd-Tab (Mapped to Alt-Tab) in a Parallels Windows VM to cycle just Windows Apps?

I have a Windows VM running in Parallels and is working just fine. I have mapped Apple-⌘ Cmd key to Windows-Alt and Apple-⌥ Opt to Windows-⊞ Win. When I press ⌘ Cmd-Tab - even in full screen mode - I ...
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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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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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Never ask about Parallels registration

Is there an option to prevent the Parallels Desktop 6 registration permanently?
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How to diff Parallels snapshots?

Is there a way to effectively diff snapshots of virtual machines in Parallels so as to see what files changed and or file content changes?
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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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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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Will Parallels be safe while upgrading to El Capitan?

The new update seems pretty legit, so I am considering updating my macbook. I have Parallels installed on my computer, and I don't want it to be removed or damaged during the installation of El ...
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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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Does the upgrading from Parallels Desktop (for Mac) 5 to 6 means reinstall Windows?

I have Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac. Does the upgrade to Parallels Desktop 6 means that I have to reinstall Windows 7 and all the other programs?
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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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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 ...