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Parallels Desktop for Mac


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It's nothing new that Intel-powered Macs have been running Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux for some time using Apple's Boot Camp. But one of the best utilities on the market for switching between operating systems lets you switch without a reboot.

Parallels Desktop allows you to switch seamlessly between operating systems without the need to reboot your Mac. Even better, regardless of which system you're running at the time, when you open a file type that's for another operating system, Parallels automatically recognizes the file type and makes the switch for you. Added support for 3D graphics allows Mac users the ability to play Windows games using the full power of your Mac's video card.

Parallels Desktop helps keep your virtual environments safe through the use of Snapshots. The feature lets you to take a snapshot of your Windows system (for example) when its in a healthy state so if you encounter any viruses or spyware while surfing, you can essentially rewind to your previously saved snapshot. This is extremely helpful for testing beta software and makes sure you have an option when dangerous trojans or spyware infect your virtual system.

Recent versions of Parallels Desktop have included several new enhancements that are all useful for those who work in multiple virtual environments. Spotlight integration now lets you search for Windows programs faster; 3D graphics enhancements make your favorite PC games run better on your Mac with DirectX support; and you can even manage Windows apps through Mac OS features like Spaces and Expose.

Overall, Parallels Desktop offers a seamless experience for switching between virtual OS machines and a number of extras that let you take full advantage of Windows apps you need or are used to working with in your particular work environment. Though there are more inexpensive options, Parallels has a tool set that puts it above other offerings.

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4 stars

"Better than Fusion in ways that are the most important."

December 03, 2011  |  By jatibi

2011-12-03 19:46:35  |  By jatibi

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 7.0.14924


Interface and set-up are very straight forward. If you have Fusion you can migrate the VM from Fusion to Parallels to try it out (as I did) I started with Fusion and after 2 major versions of Fusion I didn't realize how much it slowed down my machine. Parallels is able to shut down my VM and my laptop without specifically closing out of the app. Fusion couldn't do that. Also I upgraded XP 32 but to V7 64 bit on Parallels, again something Fusion couldn't do. Integration between the VM is very smooth. Able to launch Win or Mac programs from within either interface or "lock down" the integration. Gives you a Safe Mode to try a trial install of Win software and be able to toss the changes if the software isn't what you thought it would be. Makes it easy to install a trial software and try it


Doesn't have as many OS options as Fusion (not that I used them) Also there is a number of ad-ware popups that occasionally launch promoting their own "store". These are rare and once dismissed don't show themselves again.


Personally, I prefer Parallels over Fusion. Fusion seemed more "clunky" than Parallels. But, I have a roommate who prefers Fusion. Do a trial of one and migrate the VM to the other during that trial. See which one you prefer.

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3 stars

"VMware fusion has up the ante."

November 19, 2011  |  By The Gizzle

2011-11-19 07:10:36  |  By The Gizzle

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 7.0.14924


Fast, stable, easy to use, good feature set. The same can be said of VMware fusion.


Cannot run client versions of Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion. This you can do in VMware fusion.


It's already time for parallels to update this software, to put it on par with be VMware fusion.

As of now, with the ability to run client versions of Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion in VMware fusion beats parallels.

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5 stars

"Version 7 is very good Support is lame"

October 16, 2011  |  By berglouiTecra

2011-10-16 11:47:48  |  By berglouiTecra

 |  Version: Parallels Desktop 7.0.14924


Last version worked the first time upgrading from version 6. I have been using the product for a few years now and this version seems faster. My machine is three years old so speed is important. I am still on XP Pro and Office 2007. Upgrade price is good. Buying and downloading worked perfectly.


Support is lame. They guys supporting the product are located in India or Pakistan and they do not **** about the Mac. I discovered that in the Parallels folder which is located in the Documents folder, I had stuff dating 2008. I wonder what that was. I asked them about that and I received the stupidest answer you can think of, showing they did not knew anything. If I had followed advices like removing version 6 totally using the Terminal I would have messed the product. I finally did some testing on a backup HD to discover that I had like 100 GB of useless stuff from previous installations including some snapshots. I deleted those snapshots which were too old and most of all data from previous versions. All is perfect now.


A very useful product, well designed, at a competitive price, easy to master. Perhaps there are too much options for a beginner. You must RTFM if you want to appreciate the product. Installing XP was like I was on a real PC. I had a genuine XP pro OEM since I bought it with the Imac.

Updated on Oct 18, 2011

I will add to my review that after more days working with it, I am still very pleased most of all by the speed and also, by the ease of use. I did not have any crash or bad experience. I installed a program with a weird installation process and it worked. Communication with the Mac from inside Parallels works very well.
About the persons supporting the product, they seem to be nice guys, but totally lost. Funny because with Norton Internet Security on my PC, I dealt with persons located in those countries and I was very impressed. They solved my problem by taking control of my machine or telling me exactly what to do. Perhaps, they should change the companies giving the support or think about buying them some Mac, so they learn the basics.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.0.14924
  • Add support for Windows 8 Developer Preview (new Windows 8 installation is recommended after installing the update).
  • Improve compatibility with Quicken 2011.
  • Improve support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2012.
  • Optimize CPU usage when Parallels Desktop is idle.
Publisher Parallels
Publisher web site
Release Date October 06, 2011
Date Added October 06, 2011
Version 7.0.14924
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel/10.7
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 292.62MB
File Name ParallelsDesktop-11.1.2-32408.dmg
Total Downloads 151,810
Downloads Last Week 203
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $79.99

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