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Parallels Desktop is simply the world's bestselling, top-rated, and most trusted solution for running Windows applications on your 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, launch Windows applications from your Mac dock, and do much more with speed, control and confidence.

Seamless Simplicity Use Run Windows programs like they were native to your Mac. Setting up Parallels Desktop for Mac is simple and quick.
What's New
Version 9.0.24229:

Version 9.0 is a $49.99 paid upgrade from version 7 or 8.
  • Resolves an issue with Parallels Transporter Agent not launching on Windows computers.
  • Resolves an issue with Coherence view mode for Windows 8.1 Update 1 virtual machines.
  • Resolves an issue with jumping to the OS X login screen while working in a Windows virtual machine in Coherence mode on a MacBook Pro with Retina display.
  • Resolves an issue with time synchronization after resuming an OS X virtual machine.
  • Resolves an issue with automatic resolution while resizing an OS X Mavericks virtual machine window.
  • Resolves an issue with OS X virtual machines crashing when more than 64MB of video memory is allocated.
  • Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools features (copy and paste, and shared folders) for Mac OS X 10.5 virtual machines.
Version 9.0.24229:

Version 9.0 is a $49.99 paid upgrade from version 7 or 8.
  • Resolves an issue with Parallels Transporter Agent not launching on Windows computers.
  • Resolves an issue with Coherence view mode for Windows 8.1 Update 1 virtual machines.
  • Resolves an issue with jumping to the OS more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended to run Windows 7)
  • At least 700 MB of space available on the boot volume for Parallels Desktop installation
  • 15 GB of available disk space for Windows.





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Avielc reviewed on 09 Apr 2014
it's pretty good!
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Fvdg reviewed on 04 Apr 2014
Ruined my 8.1 install! After updating Win 8.1 says it needs to be activated! I tried but than it said I needed a new activation serial... It is a legal, legit version that was activated and ran fine before this update op Parallels...!
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Fvdg replied on 04 Apr 2014
To be clear: I updated Parallels and Parallels tools, the Win 8.1 install was not changed...
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MichaelM3902 replied on 05 Apr 2014
Just choose the telephone activation and follow the prompts.
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Fvdg replied on 05 Apr 2014
For some reason the Mac address that Windows 8.1 sees is changed when the Parallels tools are updated. I can not reactivate my Windows now (nor get an activation code by phone).
My only solution is to revert to a backed up version of the HD image and NOT update the Parallels tools... :-(
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Eric Caldwell commented on 04 Apr 2014
Here's whats fixed in the latest update as of April 4th..

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac (build 9.0.24229) addresses overall stability and performance issues, and includes the following fixes:
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Transporter Agent not launching on Windows computers.
- Resolves an issue with Coherence view mode for Windows 8.1 Update 1 virtual machines.
- Resolves an issue with jumping to the OS X login screen while working in a Windows virtual machine in Coherence mode on a MacBook Pro with Retina display.
- Resolves an issue with time synchronization after resuming an OS X virtual machine.
- Resolves an issue with automatic resolution while resizing an OS X Mavericks virtual machine window.
- Resolves an issue with OS X virtual machines crashing when more than 64MB of video memory is allocated.
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools features (copy and paste, and shared folders) for Mac OS X 10.5 virtual machines.
[Version 9.0.24229]

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MacUpdate-Ishaq replied on 04 Apr 2014
Thanks for the tip!
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Nova-Bossa reviewed on 20 Feb 2014
Yes, it's the best one!
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Mcr commented on 13 Jan 2014
Various press reviews comparing P9 and Fusion 6:

http://www.macworld.com/article/2055442/parallels-9-and-fusion-6-run-neck-and-neck-in-virtualization-contest.html

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/10/the-latest-virtualization-showdown-parallels-desktop-9-vs-vmware-fusion-6/

http://icomputerdenver.com/parallels-desktop-9-vs-vmware-fusion-6/

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My personal experience as a long time user of both products:

Speed benchmarks aside (not that critical for me), if you want better support for running OS X VMs, Fusion is best. If you want better support/performance for running Windows VMs, Parallels is best, but not by a huge margin. I have minimal experience with Unix VMs, so I have no opinion there.

For an OS X developer that needs to maintain multiple OS X environments for compatibility testing, Fusion is the best choice. If your need is primarily running Windows, both are great choices, with a slight nod to Parallels if speed is your primary concern.
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sinstone reviewed on 17 Dec 2013
Probably the best virtualisation software for the Mac
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PETERTRINIDAD4633 reviewed on 10 Dec 2013
Makes life so easy switching between the Win Platform & Mac OS. Not that I have too many Win Programs that I use on my Mac. After the switch from Win to Mac I had got most of my photography software licences changed but there are a few that I need from Win that I could not switch and than I found Parallels Desktop. Life is so easy now.
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Nonez commented on 23 Nov 2013
Why was crystal mode removed in version 9?
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Psychiatry replied on 08 Dec 2013
I guess it was very difficulty to do once Microsoft added the Metro UI to Windows 8.
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Krampz commented on 15 Nov 2013
Version 9.0 is a $49.99 upgrade from version 8
Version 8.0 was a a $49.99 upgrade from 7.0
Version 7.0 was a a $49.99 upgrade from 6.0 Thi is the way Parallels take care of customers loyalty? From now on I will seriously consider the VMWare alternative, since I'm a freelance and not a Financing Company.
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M-Rick replied on 15 Nov 2013
I didn't pay an upgrade since version 7. Parallels offered me the upgrade every time.
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Osos10 replied on 07 Dec 2013
Yes Krampz, you are right. Its funny that Apple give us a free upgrade of the entire OS, while greedy Parallels ask for $50 for compatibility. And M-Rick, please tell me the secret how you are being offered an upgrade for free.
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Gary30 replied on 07 Dec 2013
I am still very happy with Parallels 8 running under Mavericks. In their press releases with new versions, the company always seems to tout increased speed. In turn this is regurgitated by the press without analysis. A month or so later we get the real scoop: Little or no speed difference and a new set of annoying bugs. With Parallels I have learned to wait until the present version is broken by an OS X update, or a compelling new feature is added. Don't get me wrong. I like Parallels; it's just that the company often brings out upgrades that are not compelling.
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Ali_Egypt replied on 07 Dec 2013
Yeah, that is the main reason I switched to VMware Fusion. Its faster too.

PD is just a money troll.
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Psychiatry replied on 08 Dec 2013
Apple can afford to give away Mac OS X Mavericks because they are subsidizing the $200 MILLION they spent on it with hardware sales of Macs. Parallel's can't afford to give its software away.

A $50 upgrade is a very low price for the capability it gives you. Parallels has features that VMWare doesn't match. And it is actively and frequently upgraded.

If you buy a Mac, you have to realize you will need to spend money. The Mac isn't cheap. If you have to haggle on price, then simply buy a PC or get a better job.
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Xenedar replied on 05 Apr 2014
Your decision was simple: stay on your current OS X and your current Parallels - $0. Or upgrade and you need to pay money. You chose to upgrade, because you *had* to have the newest, shiniest OS X version, and you prioritized it over your Parallels productivity. And now you're objecting to their upgrade policy - one which, by your own admission, you already well knew about - because you chose poorly.

Your logic seems to run along the lines of "Apple gives me a free upgrade, why can't Paralells?". Here's a tip: Parallels is not Apple. The fact that they haven't bumped their upgrade price in the slightest over the last 3-4 years apparently means nothing.

This is the price of your free upgrade. You *chose* to upgrade your OS X. You didn't have to. This is what it costs you. If you object to paying $50 (which is seriously very little) to upgrade what must be an important piece of software given you continue to both use and upgrade it, then you shouldn't have upgraded your OS X. And given that you seem to be claiming that you've had to do it multiple times, you'd think you'd learn (apparently not).

Maybe next time you'll choose more wisely. More likely, we'll be here in 6 months time hearing you wail about "having" to upgrade to Parallels 10.0 for $49.99 when you - yet again - unnecessarily upgraded your OS X.
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Osos10 replied on 05 Apr 2014
Xenedar - I thank you for spreading your "wisdom" letting me know what my priorities should have been - new Apple OS with its perfect synchronicity with my iDevices or Parallels "productivity" as you call it. Of course I disagree with you since there are no real improvements in Parallels 9 comparing with 8 (or even with 7 for that matter), I find that Parallels once again are trying to squeeze $50 from me by simply blocking the ability to run 8 on Maverick. I do agree with you about "learning my lesson" and indeed I got reed of Parallels and its "productivity" all together. In fact, in the four months since I upgraded I didn't miss Parallels even once - good riddance. I didn't think to write it here, but since you brought this subject ...
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 14 Nov 2013
Real Download Link;
http://www.parallels.com/downloads/desktop/

MU always posts the wrong link.
If you just want to download it without having to fill out their email form and jumping through all the annoying hoops, the above link takes you directly to the download page.
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LaoTech had trouble on 28 Mar 2013
8.0.18480 update:
Create virtual machines from the Boot Camp partition with Windows 8


Why I still cannot do this??The create from boot camp is unable to click!
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Spaceranger had trouble on 06 Jun 2012
SLOW BOOT WITH LION AND PARALLELS 7

Hi guys

After installing Parallels 7, my boot time on my high end 2010 Macbook Pro has increased from ~28sec to +1minute.

Anyone in the same boat?

Thank you.
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Spaceranger replied on 06 Jun 2012
.. and "boot time" refers to turning my macbook pro on. This part has nothing to do with windows.

Shutdown time sometimes takes +20sec., before it was unnoticable.
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Tpop had trouble on 22 Dec 2011
I just updated Parallels to this latest version, and now it won't let me run my boot camp virtual machine, saying that I have kernel elements from an older version installed. It leads me to a "Problem ID 41" error message and directs me to their website where I can find no information. I have not had this problem before until this latest update. I am running Windows 7 on an i7 MacBook Pro with 8GB of ram.
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Jweisbin replied on 18 Jun 2013
You have to restart your computer

The problem that I am having with the 8.0.18494 update is that Parallels Tools fails to install on a Windows 8 VM, repeatedly, after each reboot of the Windows VM.
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Aspom had trouble on 31 Mar 2011
I just downloaded as part of the bundle and the supplied activation code does not work. Any ideas?
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IgorDavidenko8783 replied on 01 Apr 2013
I have same problem. But, I was downloded this in Spring 2013 Bundle :-(

For now, I'm working on trials activation and do not know what I will do later :-(
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Turnergraphics had trouble on 26 Mar 2011
At the risk of sounding like an idiot...I have a simple comment(s), then a question: I bought Parallels for my son to use on his new MacBook. Being a Mac guy from day 1, I know nothing about Windows -- so when I read in the description "everything you need to run Windows on your Mac," I jumped at making this purchase, since my son has Dreamweaver and Illustrator for Windows. Now...it seems I have to purchase Windows for the Mac...? If that's the case, I would call this "false advertising." How can it be "everything I need" -- if I have to purchase Windows also? Why would the developer of the software assume that someone with a Mac has Windows. I hope I am "all wet"...and there is a simpler solution.
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Mac Adam had trouble on 15 Sep 2010
Really Fast, but some problems writes to disk, and lost my bootcamp disk a every mac restart. (MacPro 2Disk RAID0 Mac + 1 Disk BootCamp) same issur than version 5…
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ehd had trouble on 25 Jul 2010
Update NEVER works. And we are on version 5.
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Misha replied on 26 Jul 2010
It never doesn't work over here. What error are you getting?
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ehd commented on 26 Jul 2010
The update checker within Parallels does not work. Try this link if necessary http://download.parallels.com/desktop/v5/en_us/parallels/update4/ParallelsDesktop-parallels-en_US-5.0.9370.589435.dmg
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Goldyn Chyld replied on 14 Aug 2010
^^ Thanks for the link!
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Danmarc replied on 02 Sep 2010
never had problems with the updater - have you the right settings in Preferences or do you run it manually ?
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Carlos-Sz had trouble on 14 May 2010
After updating Parallels I could not save my Visual Basic 6 projects in a shared folder (Documents folder) from within Visual Basic 6 interface. I tried several things including reboot Windows 7 and mac, reinstall tools etc.

To have Visual Basic 6 working as before I had to install an older build of Parallels 5 that I fortunately had.
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Jmanganusa had trouble on 04 May 2010
I recently bought the MacUpdate bundle and Parallels 5.0 was the driver behind the purchase decision. I installed Parallels, inserted the activation key, and now its telling me my trial period is over!!! URGH!!

Did I not read the fine print when purchasing??? I could of got a free test drive of the product without spending $49.

Anyone have any feedback for me????

Many thanks,
Jack
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Misha commented on 04 May 2010
You may want to contact Parallels support, that shouldn't be happening. The activation key we sold you is for the full version.
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ehd had trouble on 26 Mar 2010
Has anyone else been able to compress or resize a vm install? When I do so Parallels complains that I have snapshots installed even when I don't. Of course tech support refuses to answer my question about this.

P.S. I would NOT recommend this product (even with the bundle version) to people that frequently use tech support.
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