My goal is to run a Windows application on my Macbook Pro. I installed Parallels 10 on top of Yosemite and loaded a Windows 7 Ultimate image from an ISO. This appeared to be successful, but upon restarting the machine I find I cannot do anything in Parallels.
To be more specific about what I mean by "I cannot do anything":
- When I click the Parallels icon the menu bar appears at the top of the screen with the following apparent menus: File; Edit; Window; Help. None are clickable.
- Clicking the Parallels icon gives me a menu. I selected "Parallels Desktop Help". I get no response.
- From the Parallels icon menu, clicking "Show All Windows", I get a dark blue screen, with a single large central graphic labeled "Windows 7.pvm". Clicking it or anywhere else on this screen takes me back to the Yosemite desktop.
- There is a folder next to the Parallels icon, labeled "Windows 7 Applications". Expanding it shows the Start Menu options I might expect to see in Windows, but there is no effect from clicking any of the applications or folders (other than expanding further unusable links). The one exception is the "Open in Finder" command which lets me explore these same unusable options through the Finder interface. The result of trying to open any of these applications is the same as clicking the Parallels Desktop icon: I get an unusable Parallels Desktop menu bar at the top of the screen. There is nothing along the top-right of the screen that appears to be related to Parallels, Windows or any such options.
I haven't been able to find citation of this issue anywhere, but my intuition is that I'm just doing something simple in a way that is fundamentally wrong... but I don't know what that is.
How can I get my Macbook Pro with Yosemite OS and Parallels Desktop 10 to run a Windows only application?