Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag and drop files between Windows and Mac applications and launch Windows applications from your Mac dock. Powerful performance lets you run Windows productivity applications, even graphics intensive ones, with ease.

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

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Parallels Desktop for Mac is the most tested, trusted and talked-about solution for running Windows applications on your Mac - without rebooting. 

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Life Simplified

Whether you are a hard-core Mac enthusiast, a multi-platform pro or a first-time Mac user, the brilliant essentials of Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac — quick installation, a user-friendly interface, and the Parallels Wizard—makes moving to the Mac seamless and everyday use easier than ever.

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Visually Stunning

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac delivers an even more immersive environment for gaming, music, movies, and more with support for Retina display, Surround Sound 7.1 and superior 3D graphics rendering speeds.

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Proven Performance

With improved battery life, up to 1GB of video memory, enhanced security, and more Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac features the best overall performance and stability in the market.

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New Features in Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

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Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac delivers all this and more:

Indispensable Conveniences

  • New! Mavericks Multiple Display support extends to Windows so each screen as a menu bar and Dock
  • New! Mavericks Finder Tabs work with your Windows applications
  • New! Create a Mavericks VM using the “install OS X Mavericks” app in the Mac App store
  • New! PowerNap extends to Windows and Windows applications so you’re always up to date
  • New! Mountain Lion Dictionary gesture works in Windows applications
  • New! Connect Thunderbolt and Firewire storage devices to either your Mac or your virtual machine – just like you do with USB devices
  • Enhanced! The New Virtual Machine wizard makes it even easier to create new virtual machines, automatically locating operating systems on your machine or letting you manually select a range of media types to install

Performance

  • 40% better disk performance than the previous version
  • Virtual machines shut down up to 25% faster than the previous version
  • Virtual machines suspend up to 20% faster than the previous version
  • 3D graphics and web browsing is 15% faster than the previous version
  • Battery life improves when you run on Mavericks

Cloud

  • iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive optimizations eliminate duplication of files locally

Peace of Mind

  • New! Get stuff done in Windows 8 with a “real” Start menu and the ability to run Modern (Metro) apps in a separate window rather than in full screen
  • New! The Security Center makes it easy for you to be sure all your stuff is secure, both on your Mac and in your Windows virtual machine
  • New! OS X Mavericks (10.9) and Windows Blue (8.1) support

Introduction to Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

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Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac Tutorials

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Critical and Urgent:

Service Alert for Windows XP Users – April 8, 2014!

After April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP will no longer be available from Microsoft. This will leave your XP VM unprotected from viruses and malware when it is connected to the internet. Upgrade options are available from Microsoft here. Information on how to upgrade your VM once you have a new Windows license can be found at KB120737. Parallels Desktop will continue to work with Windows XP but it is highly recommended that you upgrade your Windows OS system prior to April 8, 2014. Please visit/contact Microsoft Support with any questions.

System Requirements

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac Requirements

Hardware Requirements

  • A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor (Core Solo and Core Duo processors are no longer supported)
  • Minimum 2 GB of memory (4 GB of memory is recommended to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine or if your host OS is Lion)
  • About 850 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation
  • About 15 GB of disk space for each virtual machine

Software Requirements

  • OS X Mavericks 10.9
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4
  • Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 or later
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later

To get information about your Mac OS X version, type of processor, and amount of memory, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu.

Note: Internet connection is required for product activation, updates, and select features.


Supported Guest Operating Systems*

32-bit Operating Systems
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Vista SP0, SP1, SP2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Professional SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Home SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6
  • Windows NT 4.0 Workstation SP6
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 3.11
  • MS-DOS 6.22
  • Red Hat Enterprise 6.x, 5.x, 4.x
  • Fedora 17, 16, 15 
  • Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10, 11.04, 10.10, 10.04  
  • CentOS 5.x, 4.x
  • Debian 6.0, 5.0
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
  • OpenSUSE Linux 12.1, 11.4
  • Mandriva 2011, 2010
  • Solaris 10
  • Open Solaris 2009.06
  • Chrome OS
  • FreeBSD 8.x, 7.x
  • OS/2 Warp 4.5, 4
  • eComStation 1.2
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Android OS
64-bit Operating Systems
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Vista SP0, SP1, SP2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Red Hat Enterprise 6.x, 5.x
  • Fedora 17, 16, 15
  • Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10, 11.04, 10.10, 10.04
  • CentOS 6.x, 5.x
  • Debian 6.0, 5.0
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP2
  • OpenSUSE Linux 12.1, 11.4
  • Mandriva 2011, 2010
  • Solaris 10
  • Open Solaris 2009.06
  • Oracle Solaris 11
  • FreeBSD 8.x,7.x
  • Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
  • Mac OS X Lion 10.7x
  • Mac OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

* Virtual machine operating systems - such as Windows, Linux, and Solaris - are not included.

Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac Edition Requirements

Mac Requirements

  • A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor (Core Solo and Core Duo processor are no longer supported)
  • Minimum 2 GB of memory, 4 GB of memory is recommended
  • 1.4 GB of disk space on the boot volume for Parallels Desktop 8 Switch to Mac installation
  • About 15 GB of disk space for each virtual machine
  • Supported Mac OS versions: Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.8 or later, Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 or later, Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4, Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9

To get information about your Mac OS X version, type of processor, and amount of memory, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu.


PC Requirements

  • 700 MHz (or higher) x86 or x64 processor (Intel or AMD)
  • 256 MB or more of RAM
  • 50 MB of hard disk space for installing Parallels Transporter Agent
  • Ethernet or WiFi network adapter for migrating over network
  • Supported Windows and Linux versions: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Ubuntu Linux 8.04

Critical and Urgent:

Service Alert for Windows XP Users – April 8, 2014!

After April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP will no longer be available from Microsoft. This will leave your XP VM unprotected from viruses and malware when it is connected to the internet. Upgrade options are available from Microsoft here. Information on how to upgrade your VM once you have a new Windows license can be found at KB120737. Parallels Desktop will continue to work with Windows XP but it is highly recommended that you upgrade your Windows OS system prior to April 8, 2014. Please visit/contact Microsoft Support with any questions.

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