Parallels desktop for macresources

System Requirements

  • Any Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor.
  • Mac’s operating system: macOS Mojave 10.14*, macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or later, macOS Sierra 10.12.6 or later, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 or later.
  • 4 GB of memory (8 GB recommended).
  • 600 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation.
  • Additional disk space for virtual machines (SSD drives recommended for better performance). For example, for Windows 10 you need at least 16 GB of disk space.
  • Internet connection (for product activation, some features, etc.).

Cause

macOS High Sierra 10.13 introduces a new feature that requires user approval before loading newly-installed third-party kernel extensions. Third-party kernel extensions (KEXTs) that were already present when upgrading to macOS High Sierra are granted automatic approval.


This approval UI is only present in the Security & Privacy preferences pane for 30 minutes after the alert. Until the user approves the KEXT, future load attempts will cause the approval UI to reappear but will not trigger another user alert.

For more information please refer to the Apple’s official tech note: .

Moreover, it’s not possible to press Allow button if a connection to Mac established remotely due to security-related configuration of macOS to block any security-related actions for remote connections.

SmartMount Tool

  • Using SmartMount, you can set Parallels Desktop to automatically mount Mac storage devices and volumes to Windows. That way, you can access the contents from both Mac OS X and Windows.

    With SmartMount enabled, these items are automatically mounted to Windows:

    • Removable drives: External storage devices, such as USB hard disks and USB flash drives.
    • CD/DVD drives: CD and DVD drives or CD/DVD images (files most commonly ending in .dmg, .iso, and .img.).
    • Network folders: Folders shared over the network.

    Please follow the steps below to enable SmartMount Tool:

    1. Open virtual machine window (Do not click Start).
    2. Open virtual machine configuration > switch to Options tab > Sharing.
    3. Tick SmartMount checkbox.

Advanced solution

If pressing Allow button using the mouse doesn’t give any positive results, use the steps described below:

  1. For macOS 10.15 and higher: Open System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and enable Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls.
  2. For macOS 10.13 and 10.14: Open System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and switch Full Keyboard Access to All controls.
  3. Now open System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General.
  4. Press Tab key on the keyboard until the Allow button is highlighted, then hit Spacebar on the keyboard to press Allow button.  
  5. Close System Preferences window and start Parallels Desktop.

Information

Virtual machine can use three different networking modes depending on user needs:

To switch between network modes go to menu bar when virtual machine is active > Devices menu > Network.

Note: configuring Shared and Host-Only networks is available in Pro and Business Editions in Parallels Desktop Preferences > Network.

Shared Networking

This is the default and recommended network mode for virtual machines, as it works «out of the box» and does not require any specific configuring. When this networking mode is used Parallels Desktop will work as a virtual router for your virtual machine. As a result:

  • Parallels Desktop creates a separate virtual subnet with its own virtual DHCP server running in macOS.
  • A virtual machine belongs to that virtual subnet with its own IP range.
  • A virtual machine is not visible in the real subnet the Mac belongs to.
  • A virtual machine use full Internet access.
  • If Mac is connected to virtual private network — VPN access is automatically shared with virtual machine.

This network mode is suitable for most of the user needs.

Bridged Network

When this network mode is used, your virtual machine uses a virtualized network interface card with direct access to Internet. As a result:

  • A virtual machine appears as a separate computer that belongs to the same subnet as the Mac it is running on.
  • A DHCP server (e.g., your router) provides a virtual machine with an IP address within the same IP range as other computers in the same subnet.
  • A virtual machine can ping and see all computers in the subnet. 
  • Other computers can ping and see the virtual machine.

Note: when selecting this network mode Parallels Desktop is no longer responsible for any network connectivity issues.

Bridged network can be enabled on a particular network interface, such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi or other Mac network interfaces. 

  • Bridged: Ethernet corresponds to your Mac Ethernet adapter
  • Bridged: Wi-Fi corresponds to your Mac Wi-Fi adapter. (may work unstable depending on router settings)
  • Bridged: Default Adapter corresponds to whichever network adapter is chosen as the default (the first in the list System Preferences > Network) on the Mac.

Host-Only Network

This mode is similar to Shared Network except that this virtual subnet (10.37.129.x) is isolated from the outer world. As a result, the virtual machine that is working in host-only mode can only see and ping other virtual machines and communicate with the gateway (10.37.129.1).

For Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac, you need:

Hardware:

  • A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor
  • Minimum 4 GB of memory, 8 GB is recommended
  • 600 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop application installation
  • Additional disk space for virtual machines (varies on operating system and applications installed, e.g. at least 16GB is required for Windows 10)
  • SSD drive is recommended for better performance
  • Internet connection for product activation and select features

Guest Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 7 (SP0-SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP0-SP3)
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • MS-DOS 6.22 **
  • Boot2Docker
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7, 6, 5
  • CentOS Linux 7, 6, 5
  • Fedora Linux 29, 28, 27, 26
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 17.10, 16.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, 12.04 LTS
  • Debian GNU/Linux 9.4, 9, 8, 7
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 12 SP3, 11 SP3, 11 SP2
  • OpenSUSE Linux  15, 42.3, 13.2, 13.1, 12.3
  • Linux Mint 19, 18, 17
  • Kali 2018.2, 2018.1, 2
  • Elementary OS 5.0, 0.4
  • Manjaro 17
  • Mageia 6, 5, 4, 3
  • Gentoo Linux **
  • Solaris 11.3, 11, 10 **
  • openBSD 6 **
  • FreeBSD 11.1, 10, 10, 9, 8 **
  • openVZ 7
  • eComStation 2, 1.2 **
  • ReactOS 0.4 **
  • Android OS*
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.x
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.x
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.x
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.x
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.x
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.x
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  • OS X Lion 10.7.x
  • OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

*Only the one downloaded with help of Installation Assistant.

**Parallels tools are not available for this operating system

Note: Parallels Desktop for Mac emulates PC hardware, so operating systems that are not present in this list can work as well. They are not on the list because we didn’t test them in our lab yet or we found some critical issues. You can download Parallels Desktop Trial here and install an operating system of your choice and if it doesn’t work and you believe it should be supported, let us know at Parallels Forum.

PC system requirements to move your PC to your Mac (using Parallels Transporter Agent)

  • 700 MHz (or higher) x86 or x64 processor (Intel or AMD)
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 50 MB of available hard disk space for installation of Parallels Transporter Agent
  • Ethernet or WiFi network adapter for migrating over network
  • External USB drive for migrating via external disk
  • Supported Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later), Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit only), Windows Server 2008, or Windows 2000 Professional (32-bit only).

To install and set up Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac, you need:

  Minimum To run most applications such as Microsoft Office, accounting, trading, SAP, Matlab and more Best Performance For graphics-intensive applications, high loads and running multiple virtual machines
Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor

Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9 or Xeon processor
Memory 4 GB of RAM 16 GB of RAM or more
Storage

500 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation

Additional disk space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows 10)

SSD drive
Graphics Intel, AMD Radeon or NVIDIA AMD Radeon Pro graphics card
Operating System macOS Catalina 10.15 macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or newer macOS Sierra 10.12.6 or newer

macOS Catalina 10.15

DirectX 11 requires at least macOS Mojave 10.14.4, but works best on macOS 10.15 Catalina.

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

Supported Guest Operating Systems

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 7 (SP0-SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate and Enterprise (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP0-SP3)
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Boot2Docker
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8, 7 and 6
  • CentOS Linux 7 and 6
  • Fedora Linux 31, 30 and 29
  • Ubuntu 19.10, 19.04, 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS
  • Debian GNU/Linux 9 and 8
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 15
  • OpenSUSE Linux  15.1 and 15
  • Linux Mint 19 and 18
  • Kali 2019 and 2018
  • elementary OS 5.0
  • Manjaro 18
  • Mageia 7 and 6
  • Gentoo Linux **
  • Solaris 11 and 10 **
  • openBSD 6 **
  • FreeBSD 12 and 11 **
  • openVZ 7
  • eComStation 2 and 1.2 **
  • ReactOS 0.4 **
  • Android OS*
  • macOS Catalina 10.15
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.x
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.x
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.x
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.x
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.x
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.x
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  • OS X Lion 10.7.x
  • OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

*Only the version downloaded with help of the Installation Assistant with Parallels Desktop.

** Parallels Tools are not available for this operating system.

Parallels Tools for Linux require X Window System version 1.15–1.20 and Linux Kernel version 2.6.29–5.5.

PC system requirements to move your PC to your Mac (using Parallels Transporter Agent)

  • 700 MHz (or higher) x86 or x64 processor (Intel or AMD)
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 50 MB of available hard disk space for installation of Parallels Transporter Agent
  • Ethernet or WiFi network adapter for migrating over network
  • External USB drive for migrating via external disk
  • Supported Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 *

* To migrate Windows Vista or older, Transporter Agent from Parallels Desktop 13 should be used. Download the Parallels Transporter Agent. 

Shared Applications Tool

  • You can access Mac OS X applications from within Windows and you can access Windows programs from Mac OS X. For example, if you locate a file using the Open menu in a Windows program and decide you would rather open the file using a Mac OS X application, you can. Shared Applications Tool enables you to specify default applications for certain types of files, so that you can open some types of files in Windows applications by default, and others — in Mac OS.


    Please follow the steps below to enable Shared Applications Tool:

    1. Open virtual machine window (Do not click Start).
    2. Open virtual machine configuration > switch to Options tab > Applications.
    3. Tick Share Windows applications with Mac and/or Share Mac applications with Windows.

Parallels Desktop 14.1.2 (45479)

Parallels allows you to run Windows and Mac applications side by side. Choose your view to make Windows invisible while still using its applications, or keep the familiar Windows background and controls on your Mac.

Now Supporting Windows 10 and macOS Run Windows 10 and macOS with ease. Use Microsoft Cortana, your virtual assistant, on your Mac.

Switch from your PC to your Mac We make it easy to get all of your files, applications, browser bookmarks, and more from your PC to your Mac; just follow the setup assistant.

Robust Performance Parallels Desktop Pro Edition gives your virtual machines more processing power. Up to 64 GB vRAM and 16 vCPUs per virtual machine lets you run even the most demanding applications.

Run Windows on Mac PD14 Virtual Machine – Run Windows apps on Mac without rebooting Run Microsoft Office on Mac Access Microsoft Office for Windows and Internet Explorer.

Transfer files from Windows PC to Mac Quickly move files, applications, and more from a PC to a Mac.

Multiple OSes in a virtual machine for Mac Develop and test across multiple OSes in a virtual machine for Mac.

Run Microsoft Windows apps on your Mac Fast—run Windows applications without slowing down your Mac.

Fast, Powerful, and Easy Whether you need to run Windows programs that don’t have Mac versions, or you’re making the switch from PC to Mac and need to transfer your data, Parallels Desktop has you covered.

Seamless Use Windows side by side with macOS (no restarting required) on your MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac mini, or Mac Pro. Share files and folders, copy and paste images and text and drag and drop files between Mac and Windows applications.

Easy Setup Parallels Desktop automatically detects what you need to get started so you’re up and going within minutes. If you need Windows, you’ll be prompted to download and install Windows 10 or choose your existing Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, or Boot Camp installation.

Lightning Fast Graphic and resource-hungry Windows applications run effortlessly without slowing down your Mac. Run the most demanding applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Visual Studio, or SketchUp.

Choose Your View Make Windows invisible while still using its applications in Coherence mode. If you’re new to Mac, you can set Windows to occupy your entire screen, so it looks just like it would if you were using a Windows PC.

What’s New:

Over 50 New Features! 

  • Super-charged performance. Get more out of your Mac.
  • The Best Windows 10 Virtual Machine Optimized for MacOS Mojave    macOS Mojave
  • Optimized for macOS Mojave (10.14) and Windows 10 updates.

Up to date for Apple’s latest operating system release with features including Dark Mode, as well as security and privacy feature updates. Plus, from your Windows applications, seamlessly experience Quick Look and Continuity Camera with your iPhone.

Free up More Disk Space Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac makes it easier than ever to get back space on your Mac! Get up to 20 GB back with new disk usage optimization. Automatically reorganize your virtual disk to increase limits for optimal storage savings.

The “Free up Disk Space” notifications display how to archive data and reclaim space—plus, you can utilize Clean Drive in Parallels Toolbox to save even more space.

Free up Disk Space utility for Mac and Windows Run More Apps and Games on a Mac with Added OpenGL Support and Enhanced Graphics     Graphics Improvements Stay up to date with changes to video memory allocation and improved OpenGL support. Launch even more applications and popular CAD programs without slowing down your Mac.

New! Run SketchUp Pro, OriginLab, DIALux 8, DELFTship, CTvox, and more on your Mac with Parallels Desktop 14.

Touch Bar Get additional support with the Mac Touch Bar for Windows and Windows applications such as AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, Visual Studio, OneNote, and Visio.

Plus, continue to use the Touch Bar Wizard (introduced in Parallels Desktop 13) for advanced customization options.

Performance Boosts

  • Add Windows applications to the MacBook Touch Bar
  • Start Windows and launch programs 35% faster from your Mac Desktop    Performance Boosts
  • Up to 35% faster starting Windows and applications
  • 2x performance improvements with AVX512 support
  • Suspend on APFS formatted disks is up to 30% faster
  • Start Parallels Desktop up to 80% faster
  • Snapshots in Parallels Desktop 14 take up to 15% less disk space
  • The lightest, fastest Parallels Desktop release yet!

Why Parallels Desktop needs its own kernel extensions?

To deliver all Parallels Desktop features, such as virtualization, USB and Network, Parallels Desktop loads the following kernel extensions to macOS:

com.parallels.kext.hypervisor — a proprietary core virtualization driver, which makes Parallels Desktop the best virtualization solution for Mac.

com.parallels.kext.vnic — Shared Network driver, which is used by a virtual router who manages all network services for a VM, such as gateway,DNS, DHCP, port forwarding, network conditioner etc.

com.parallels.kext.usbconnect — USB driver, loaded when a USB device connects to a virtual machine (VM). Supports all USB data transfer protocols except of isochronous transfer.

Download Windows

Starting from Parallels Desktop for Mac 14 you can easily download Windows 10 via Parallels Desktop at the first Parallels Desktop start.

Click on Parallels icon in Mac menu bar > New… > Get Windows 10 from Microsoft > Download Windows 10.

If you are running an earlier version of Parallels Desktop for Mac, visit this page to Download Windows 10 from Microsoft.

For earlier versions of Windows, please refer to retail stores or authorized online resellers, including Amazon.com.


Please note that Parallels Desktop does not include a Microsoft Windows license. If you don’t have a Windows copy, you can purchase Windows 10 from the Microsoft Online Store:

  • Buy Windows 10 Home
  • Buy Windows 10 Pro

Note: visit this page if you need help to choose Windows 10 edition: Home or Pro.

Install Windows from your source

Create a new virtual machine

Open Parallels Desktop.app from the Applications folder and choose File > New.

Select Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file, then click Continue.

Select an installation media

You may install Windows from a DVD or an .iso disc image, or a bootable USB drive.

Important: Windows installation files with an .exe extension can be used only to upgrade an existing Windows virtual machine (VM). If you are performing a new Windows installation, the .exe file will not work. Please contact local retailer to request either a physical disc or an .iso image.

Installation Assistant will detect available installation media automatically for installing Windows.

You can also switch to manual mode and choose the source for Windows installation.

Enter your Windows License Key

Click Continue. Enter Windows license key for automatic Windows activation upon installation.

If you don’t have a Windows license key, click Continue and then Skip. To activate Windows later follow instructions from the article.

When you are ready, click Continue.

Select Windows Edition

Starting with Parallels Desktop 16 you can choose Windows edition before starting Windows installation, so you don’t have to select Windows edition during installation.

Choose the required Windows edition and click Done button.

Select how you want to use Windows

Select how you want to use Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac Standard Edition:

  • Productivity
  • Games only

And in Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro and Business Editions:

  • Software development
  • Software testing
  • Design

To learn more about virtual machine profiles, visit KB 123878.

Specify a name and location

Name: You may specify a name for your virtual machine.

Location: The default location for Parallels Desktop virtual machines is /Users/username/Parallels/.

If you want to change your default virtual machine settings select Customize settings before installation. These settings can also be changed easily after installation.

Begin the installation

Click Continue and Windows installation will begin. Once Windows is installed, launch it by opening a Windows application or by clicking the Power button in the Control Center.

Resolution

To make sure that Windows applications are displayed properly with 1:1 scale factor you need to select Scaled view mode in the virtual machine graphics settings. Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac brings enhanced Retina display support for Windows applications in Scaled mode.

  1. Adjust the Windows virtual machine’s configuration settings > Hardware > Graphics > and change the Retina setting from Best for Retina / Best for External Displays / More Space to Scaled (HiDPi disabled).

  2. Check the Windows virtual machine’s scaling settings:

    For Windows 7/8.1: right click on Windows Desktop > Screen resolution > Make text or other items larger or smaller > set 100% scaling and hit Apply & Sign Off.

    For Windows 10: right click on Windows Desktop > Displays settings > set 100% scaling and hit Apply.

    For more information about Windows scaling options please visit this page.

  3. macOS System Preferences > Displays > make sure Resolution option is set to Default for display.

  4. Reboot the virtual machine to apply changes.

After applying the solution above all Windows-based programs will be displayed properly in 1:1 scale ratio — everything will be on its position. The only minor inconvenience you may notice is the quality of fonts in Windows — the result of running Windows on Apple Retina display. Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac brings enhanced Retina display support for Windows applications in Scaled mode.

Shared Folders Tool

  • Shared Folders Tool enables you to share Mac folders with the virtual machine and vice versa. With this tool, you can access your Mac folders from the virtual machine and virtual machine folders from Mac OS X. You can also choose custom folders to share.

    Please follow the steps below to enable Shared Folders Tool:

    1. Open virtual machine window (Do not click Start).
    2. Open virtual machine configuration > switch to Options tab > Sharing.
    3. Set Share Folders to the desired value.
    4. Choose the Custom Folders if you need.

    If you want to share Windows folders with Mac check Access Windows folders from Mac and Mount virtual disks to Mac desktop in the Share Windows pane. Windows volumes will appear on the Mac Desktop.

To install and set up Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac, you need:

  Minimum To run most applications such as Microsoft Office, accounting, trading, SAP, Matlab and more Best Performance For graphics-intensive applications, high loads and running multiple virtual machines
Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor

Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i9 or Xeon processor
Memory 4 GB of RAM 16 GB of RAM or more
Storage

500 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation

Additional disk space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows 10)

SSD drive
Graphics Intel, AMD Radeon or NVIDIA AMD Radeon Pro graphics card
Operating System

macOS 11.0 Big Sur (when released)

macOS Catalina 10.15.5 or newer macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or newer

macOS Big Sur 11.0 (when released)

macOS Catalina 10.15.5 or newer

DirectX 11 requires at least macOS Mojave 10.14, but works best on macOS 10.15.3 Catalina or newer.

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

Supported Guest Operating Systems

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 7 (SP0-SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate and Enterprise (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP0-SP3)
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Boot2Docker
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8, 7 and 6
  • CentOS Linux 8, 7 and 6
  • Fedora Linux 32, 31, 30 and 29
  • Ubuntu 20.04, 19.10, 19.04, 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS
  • Debian GNU/Linux 10, 9 and 8
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 15
  • OpenSUSE Linux 15.2, 15.1 and 15
  • Linux Mint 20, 19 and 18
  • Kali 2020.2, 2019 and 2018
  • elementary OS 5.0
  • Manjaro 18
  • Mageia 7 and 6
  • Gentoo Linux **
  • Solaris 11 and 10 **
  • openBSD 6 **
  • FreeBSD 12 and 11 **
  • openVZ 7
  • eComStation 2 and 1.2 **
  • ReactOS 0.4 **
  • Android OS*
  • macOS Big Sur 11.0 (when released)
  • macOS Catalina 10.15.x
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.x
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.x
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.x
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.x
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.x
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.x
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  • OS X Lion 10.7.x
  • OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

*Only the version downloaded with help of the Installation Assistant with Parallels Desktop.

** Parallels Tools are not available for this operating system.

Parallels Tools for Linux require X Window System version 1.15–1.20 and Linux Kernel version 2.6.29–5.5.

PC system requirements to move your PC to your Mac (using Parallels Transporter Agent)

  • 700 MHz (or higher) x86 or x64 processor (Intel or AMD)
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 50 MB of available hard disk space for installation of Parallels Transporter Agent
  • Ethernet or WiFi network adapter for migrating over network
  • External USB drive for migrating via external disk
  • Supported Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 *

* To migrate Windows Vista or older, Transporter Agent from Parallels Desktop 13 should be used. Download the Parallels Transporter Agent. 

Cause

Such programs could be:

  • Quickbooks
  • Quicken
  • CAD software (Computer-aided design);
  • Web sites or clients (banks, messengers, RTs);
  • Photo/Video editors
  • Other Windows-based programs which do not support high DPI resolution.

Some Windows-based programs are not adapted for such high pixel density (DPI) resolution of the Retina display: Windows virtual machine resolution becomes very high thus everything is too small; in-program fonts, UI buttons or images are not rendered properly.

Learn more about the Apple Retina display in this article: Frequently asked questions about using a Retina display.

Install Windows from your source

Create a new virtual machine

Open Parallels Desktop.app from the Applications folder and choose File > New.

Select Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file, then click Continue.

Select an installation media

You may install Windows from a DVD or an .iso disc image, or a bootable USB drive.

Important: Windows installation files with an .exe extension can be used only to upgrade an existing Windows virtual machine (VM). If you are performing a new Windows installation, the .exe file will not work. Please contact local retailer to request either a physical disc or an .iso image.

Installation Assistant will detect available installation media automatically for installing Windows.

You can also switch to manual mode and choose the source for Windows installation.

Enter your Windows License Key

Click Continue. Enter Windows license key for automatic Windows activation upon installation.

If you don’t have a Windows license key, click Continue and then Skip. To activate Windows later follow instructions from the article.

When you are ready, click Continue.

Select Windows Edition

Starting with Parallels Desktop 16 you can choose Windows edition before starting Windows installation, so you don’t have to select Windows edition during installation.

Choose the required Windows edition and click Done button.

Select how you want to use Windows

Select how you want to use Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac Standard Edition:

  • Productivity
  • Games only

And in Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro and Business Editions:

  • Software development
  • Software testing
  • Design

To learn more about virtual machine profiles, visit KB 123878.

Specify a name and location

Name: You may specify a name for your virtual machine.

Location: The default location for Parallels Desktop virtual machines is /Users/username/Parallels/.

If you want to change your default virtual machine settings select Customize settings before installation. These settings can also be changed easily after installation.

Begin the installation

Click Continue and Windows installation will begin. Once Windows is installed, launch it by opening a Windows application or by clicking the Power button in the Control Center.


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