How to Run Windows on Mac – Parallels Desktop Overview

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Parallels Desktop

  • #1 choice of Mac users for over 10 years running
  • 3x faster VM suspend and resume operations
  • DirectX 11 Support
  • Seamless folder sharing between OS and Windows
  • Includes Parallels Toolbox
  • Optimized for the latest Windows 10 updates and macOS Catalina (10.15)
VMware Fusion
Full Microsoft Cortana Integration, your intelligent, digital assistant made available on Mac
Support for popular development, design and test tools including Docker, Jenkins and Chef
(Available in Parallels Desktop for Business & Pro Editions)
Advanced networking tools
(Available in Parallels Desktop for Business & Pro Editions)
Parallels Desktop
All the VMware Fusion benefits PLUS:
Install Windows 10 with a single click
One-click download of Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS Mint and Debian
Purchase and install Windows 10
FREE to new customers: 3 months to Parallels Access ($19.99/yr value)
Disk savings for iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive
Touch Bar and and TouchID Support
Mac native "Share" and "Save to" in Windows
Call with iPhone in IE
Incremental backup of VMs with Acronis
DirectX 10.1 Support
Start Windows 10 in less than 5 seconds
Real-time virtual disk optimization
Pause Virtual Machine when no apps are running
FREE Vagrant Provider support
Rollback Mode
(Available in Parallels Desktop for Business & Pro Editions)
Microsoft Visual Studio Plug-in
(Available in Parallels Desktop for Business & Pro Editions)
Subscription ensures you have the latest software
(Available in Parallels Desktop for Business & Pro Editions)

Over 7 Million Users and Praised by Experts

“Of all the ways to run Windows on a Mac, Parallels Desktop is my favorite because it just works. It's fast, it's reliable, and there's no need to futz about with confusing setting or convoluted setup processes.”
– Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet
“Unlike Apple’s Boot Camp, Parallels lets you run both operating systems at the same time.”
– Larry Magid, Forbes
”Parallels Desktop is the easiest, fastest, and most tightly integrated app for running Windows apps or the Windows desktop in Apple OS X.”
–Edward Mendelson,
“It’s always been astonishing that it’s faster to start up a Parallels PC than a real one. On my MacBook Air, I’m up and running in Windows six seconds after I double-click the Parallels icon.”
– David Pogue, Yahoo Tech
“The latest version of Parallels, the popular Windows virtualization tool for Mac OS X, almost feels like its trolling Apple.”
– Engadget
“The software has been iterating over a decade and now makes Windows feel like part of the macOS. You can also virtualize Linux, Android, and just about anything that runs on Intel chips including another instance of macOS—great for testing macOS Betas!”

What’s New in Version 15

A must-have upgrade packed with 30+ new features.

Up to Date

Optimized for macOS Catalina (10.15), including support for Sidecar, plus Windows 10 future updates. Parallels Desktop continues to stay up to date so you can keep working without interruption—even when a new macOS, Windows or Linux release pops up.


DirectX 11 support with the help of Apple Metal*. Now you can run graphic-intensive applications and games such as Autodesk 3ds Max 2020, Lumion, ArcGIS Pro, Master Series, FIFA 19, Age of Empires, Fallout 4 and more!


Save time with the new drag and drop feature that allows you to insert images directly into Windows applications from macOS screenshot previews, Safari and Photos. Plus, email a file right from the Finder context menu via your Windows email client in two clicks.

Connect More

Now you can connect devices to Window wirelessly via Bluetooth, including Logitech Craft keyboard, IRISPen, Android phone and many others.

Apple Sidecar

Use Apple Pencil in your favorite Windows applications with added tilt and eraser support. Extend your Windows applications on iPad as a second display with Sidecar plus Touch Bar options.


A wide variety of Linux distributions are supported in virtual machines. New in Parallels Desktop 15: Bluetooth, DRM support and more.

More Tools Than Ever Before!

Parallels Toolbox is a whole suite of tools for a fraction of the cost of individual apps, packaged in one simple interface and included with Parallels Desktop 15.

Keep your focus with Presentation Mode. Instantly disable those embarrassing pop-ups or bouncing icons.

Clean Drive keeps your computer’s storage optimized and free of unimportant data.

Find Duplicates to free up extra space on your computer.

Grab videos from the Internet and watch offline using Download Video.

Take Screenshots or Record a Video with a single click for quick cut-and-paste jobs.

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Standard Edition
Download and Install Windows 10 in one click
Retina Support for Windows apps
Optimized for macOS Catalina (10.15)
Complementary upgrade to the latest version *
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Pro Edition
All the Standard Edition features PLUS:
Integration With Chef/Ohai/Docker/Vagrant
Network conditioner to simulate speeds and test
Visual Studio plug-In
Debug, dump VM, or start an SSH session from menu
Support for business cloud services
Premium 24/7 phone and email support
Complementary upgrade to the latest version
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Business Edition
All the Standard and Pro Edition features PLUS:
Centralized administration and management
Unified volume license key for mass deployment
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