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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It works for me, but I have it remapped like this:

Parallels Keys

So cmd is really control for Windows.


I found that mapping a different key to the Win command did not remove the Cmd key being mapped to Win. What worked for me was to map Cmd to Shift.

Cmd key mapped to Win key

All the other shortcuts such as Cmd + S (save), Cmd + C (copy), etc still worked but hitting Cmd by itself now just activates the Shift key which really does nothing by itself.

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    I can verify that this is a valid solution for Parallels 10 with Windows 8.1.
    – Nate
    Oct 3, 2014 at 21:23
  • This works but has the unfortunate consequence of disabling ⌘+C for copy etc on my machine (Yosemite, Parallels 10, Windows 8). Instead I mapped ⌘ to Ctrl.
    – philwilks
    Oct 9, 2014 at 12:03
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    @philwilks Check that you still have ⌘+C mapped in the window shown above.
    – Andrew
    Oct 9, 2014 at 21:54
  • Agreed, this solution is great, but mapping to Control might be better. The Copy/Paste shortcuts are set separately anyway so it doesn't appear to mess anything up either way. So glad the Dumb Start menu doesn't appear any more when I show my desktop! Works on Parallels Desktop 10.
    – Demis
    May 12, 2016 at 17:18

Go to Parallels Desktop preferences and disable key mapping for key which behaves abnormally ("Cmd > win" in our case) as shown on the screenshot below:

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  • I already disabled it and it doesn't have any effect. Does it work for you? BTW, I'm running 5.0.9370.
    – intlect
    Aug 22, 2010 at 23:58

You can use Krumstick to remap the windows key inside Windows.

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    Thanks. Will probably do that if I don't find anything on the Mac side...
    – intlect
    Aug 22, 2010 at 23:59

Not sure if this will help you. But the main problem for me was the CMD + arrow keys I use all the time to go to the start or end of a line.

This can be remapped without problems, this way you can use all your normal shortcuts from MacOS too. The second I get a Mac keyboard muscle memory kicks in and this is a good compromise :)

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