Parallels Desktop for Mac vs Boot Camp

With Parallels Desktop for Mac, easily switch between the most popular OSes and never worry about rebooting.




  • Optimized for macOS High Sierra and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
  • Run thousands of Windows programs on your Mac
  • Moving from PC to Mac is easier than ever
  • Reuse an existing Boot Camp partition
  • Includes Parallels Toolbox–essential utilities for your Mac

Mac and Windows together.
No rebooting necessary.

Ready to increase your productivity and save time? Parallels Desktop lets you easily switch between Mac and Windows without ever needing to reboot—unlike Boot Camp.

Over 35% of Parallels Desktop users have made the switch from Boot Camp. Join millions of users and experience what has made us the #1 choice for running Windows on Mac for over 11 years!

With Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac, we’ve got you covered—enjoy the beauty of Mac with the Windows apps you need.



Discover the top reasons why previous Boot Camp users made the switch:

  • No rebooting—swipe between Mac and Windows in the blink of an eye
  • Already using Boot Camp? Use that same Windows partition to take your Windows + Mac environment further, by utilizing the integration features in Parallels Desktop.
  • Much more than Windows—besides all of the most common Windows OSes (e.g. XP, Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 10), Parallels Desktop lets you run Linux, ChromeOS, and other UNIX-based OSes.
  • Work like a Pro—get built-in support for the most popular developer tools like Visual Studio, Docker, Chef, Jenkins, and more.
  • Move your complete PC—avoid the headache of not being able to transfer Boot Camp from disk to disk and easily move your virtual machines using our Installation Assistant.
  • Seamless integration—sync up and share files between Mac and Windows with cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive without duplicating your data, saving time and precious disk space.

One-touch Tools for Mac

Imagine having a set of tools, with no complicated settings, to simplify everyday tasks. Take a screenshot with a simple click, secure private files with a password, download a favorite video from YouTube or Facebook with little fuss, easily record a screencast, or keep your Mac from sleeping with the push of a button. Now, with Parallels Desktop 13 including Parallels Toolbox, you can do all of that and more, with one click!


  • Always available in your Windows task bar
  • Access with one click
  • Easy to use, no hassle, and no complex keyboard shortc
  • Pin a tool to the task bar for even easier access
  • Frequently updated with new tools (subscription only)

One-touch Tools for Windows

Imagine having a set of tools, with no complicated settings, to simplify everyday tasks. Take a screenshot with a simple click, secure private files with a password, download a favorite video from YouTube or Facebook with little fuss, easily record a screencast, or keep your Windows from sleeping with the push of a button. Now, with Parallels Desktop 13 including Parallels Toolbox, you can do all of that and more, with one click!


  • Always available in your Windows task bar
  • Access with one click
  • Easy to use, no hassle, and no complex keyboard shortc
  • Pin a tool to the task bar for even easier access
  • Frequently updated with new tools (subscription only)

Your Windows on Mac Experience Gets Better

  • Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac is fully optimized for macOS High Sierra—as a host or guest OS. With new retina display support, enjoy smart resizing and independent screen resolutions for separate displays.

  • Seamless Office 365 Integration now allows Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents in Safari to open in their native Windows Office app.

  • Distraction free presentation mode for both Mac and Windows, including Keep Mac Awake, Hide Desktop Files, Do Not Disturb, and Start in Full Screen quick modes.

See Parallels Desktop in Action

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Optimized for macOS High Sierra
Download and install Windows 10 in one click
Retina support for Windows applications
Includes over 30 one-touch tools, including top-rated Presentation Mode and Download Video
Customize Touch Bar for Windows applications
Microsoft Visual Studio Plug-in
Additional features for software developers, web developers, and testers
Advanced networking tools
Support for business cloud services
Centralized administration and management
Unified Volume License Key for mass deployment
Advanced Security features for IT
Virtual RAM/Virtual CPUs for each VM 8 GB vRAM
4 vCPUs for each VM
128 GB vRAM
32 vCPUs for each VM
128 GB vRAM
32 vCPUs for each VM
Premium 24/7 phone and email support For up to 30 days after
activation

Frequently Asked Questions

To add Windows or another operating system to your Mac, Parallels Desktop creates a “virtual machine,” or a virtual copy of a computer, inside you Mac. You can then install Windows in the virtual machine, just as you would install any operating system on a regular computer.

A full list of system and hardware requirements can be found here »

If you have already installed Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 on your Mac using Boot Camp, you can easily set Parallels Desktop to work with Boot Camp using either of these two options:

1. Set Parallels Desktop to run Windows from the Boot Camp Partition
2. Import Windows and your data from Boot Camp into Parallels Desktop

Parallels supports a wide array of operating systems, including: macOS, OS X, Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, Linux, and Google Chrome. You can run just about anything on your Mac!

Migrate your existing Windows OS from a PC, download a trial, or purchase a new license during your installation of Parallels Desktop.

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