Mac Requirements

Hardware:

Software:

32-bit Guest Operating Systems

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, SP0
  • Windows 7 SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise 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 7.x, 6.x, 5.x
  • Fedora Linux 20, 19
  • Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10, 13.04, 12.04, 10.04 LTS
  • CentOS Linux 7.0, 6.x, 5.x
  • Debian Linux 7.x
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 11 SP3, SP2
  • OpenSUSE Linux 13.1, 12.3
  • Linux Mint 17, 16, 13
  • Mageia 4.1, 3
  • Solaris 11, 10
  • FreeBSD 10, 9.x, 8.x
  • OS/2 Warp 4.5, 4
  • eComStation 2.x, 1.2
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Android OS*
  • Chrome OS*

*Only appliances downloaded within New Virtual Machine Wizard are supported.

See all the supported 32-bit guest Operating Systems

64-bit Guest Operating Systems

  • Windows 8.1, Update1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, SP0
  • Windows 7 SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise SP0, SP1, SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, 6.x, 5.x
  • Fedora Linux 20,19
  • Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10, 13.04, 12.04, 10.04 LTS
  • CentOS Linux 7.0, 6.x, 5.x
  • Debian Linux 7.x
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3, SP2
  • OpenSUSE Linux 13.1, 12.3
  • Linux Mint 17, 16, 13
  • Mageia 4.1, 3
  • FreeBSD 10, 9.x, 8.x
  • Max OS X Yosemite 10.10.x
  • Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.x
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  • Mac OS X Lion 10.7.x
  • 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

See all the supported 64-bit guest Operating Systems

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. To learn what versions of Parallels Desktop for Mac are compatible with OS X Yosemite, please visit KB121895
  2. Why upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10? Check the OS X Yosemite features that are only supported by Parallels Desktop 10: KB122752
  3. To install or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac see KB122647
  1. Does Windows come pre-installed with Parallels Desktop for Mac? Windows is not included with your purchase of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac. Windows can be purchased directly from Microsoft or many retail stores. For Windows 8 or 8.1, you can use either the Full Product purchased at retail, or you can purchase the Windows 8 or 8.1 OEM System Builder version (lower price) which has some limitations. Please visit KB9003 for additional information.
  2. Will Parallels run on my current Mac hardware?  A full list of system and hardware requirements can be found here.
  3. Can I use my license on multiple Macs?  Parallels licenses are valid only on 1 Mac per license.  For more information, please reference http://www.parallels.com/about/eula/
  4. Do you have discounts for Students/Education Staff/offer academic licenses?  Yes. For information on how to purchase Education licenses, please visit here
  5. Is there a trial version of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac I can evaluate before purchasing?  Yes, Parallels offers a free 14 day trial here.
  6. I currently use VMware Fusion and am interested in switching to Parallels.  Information about switching to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac can be found here.
  7. What bonus software comes with Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac? See KB122654.

  1. Getting started is quick and easy. Instructions and video tutorials are available at KB122673.
  2. To install or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac see KB122647.
  3. To activate your full license copy of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac see KB122649.
  4. To register your copy of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac see KB122646.
  5. To activate your upgrade license Parallels Desktop 10 see KB122648.
  6. Does Windows come with my purchase of Parallels? Windows is sold separately from your Parallels Software. For Windows 8 or 8.1, you can use either the Full Product purchased at retail, or you can purchase the Windows 8 or 8.1 OEM System Builder version (lower price) which has some limitations. Please visit KB9003 for additional information.
  1. Easy guided steps for installing Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac can be found at KB4729
  2. How do I launch Windows from Parallels Desktop for Mac ? See KB115170
  3. What are Virtual Machine profiles in Parallels Desktop 10? To learn how to set your profile and which is best for you, see KB122658.
  4. Can I migrate my current Windows PC to a Parallels Desktop for Mac Virtual Machine?  Yes, for instructions on how to migrate your Windows PC, visit KB115007.
  5. How to install Quicken, MS Office or other software in Windows Virtual Machine. See KB119310.
  6. Which networking mode (Bridged, Shared or Host-Only) should I prefer for the VM? See KB4948.
  7. How to install Parallels Tools? See KB115835.
  8. Parallels Desktop Sharing Tools. See KB122567.
  9. What is Coherence Mode? I cannot find my Windows Desktop/applications or see my open files. See KB4670
  1. Unable to activate Parallels Desktop for Mac. See KB116880.
  2. I lost my Parallels Desktop for Mac key. See KB115424.
  3. Unable to start Parallels Desktop: Troubleshooting Parallels Desktop start issues. See KB113990.
  4. A program for Windows does not work: troubleshooting third-party software issues. See KB112983.
  5. Network problems on virtual machine. See KB8978.
  6. Cannot install Parallels Tools. See KB8969.
  7. "There was a problem connecting to the server" error. See KB122806.
  8. Troubleshooting issues related to migrating a PC to Parallels Desktop for Mac Virtual Machine. See KB113269.
  9. Keyboard issues troubleshooting. See KB113932.
  10. Troubleshooting Sound Issues. See KB 112477.
  11. Troubleshooting USB Devices in Parallels Desktop for Mac. See KB111725.
  12. I am unable to start Windows: troubleshooting virtual machine startup issues. See KB113964.
  13. How to terminate a frozen virtual machine. See KB6338.
  14. Windows Login Password required after Windows update installation in the Virtual Machine. See KB114193.
  1. How do I set-up and install Parallels Access?  Instructions can be found at KB116770
  2. How do I access my Parallels Desktop Virtual Machine from Parallels Access? Please see KB116675
  3. I cannot find my Virtual Machine inside of Parallels Access? See KB116714 for more details.
  4. I installed Parallels Access inside of my Virtual Machine, but it is not working? See KB116745 for more details on troubleshooting.

Parallels Desktop for Mac Support Resources

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