Parallels Desktop

Parallels Desktop for PC and Mac

Written by Parallels International GmbH

  • Category: Business
  • Release date: 2021-12-20
  • Licence: Free
  • Software version: 1.7.2
  • File size: 185.71 MB
  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and Mac OS 10, 11 10.13.2
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Whatʹs Great

1. Powerful performance lets you run common Windows applications—like Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office, Quicken®, Visio or Microsoft® Visual Studio — or easily run the most demanding applications, such as modern Windows games on your Mac (Parallels Desktop is the first app in the world that supported DirectX® 11 in virtual machines).

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Features and Description

Key Features

Latest Version: 1.7.2

  • Licence: Free

  • What does Parallels Desktop do? Parallels Desktop® App Store Edition is a fast, easy and powerful application for running Windows both on a Mac with the Apple M1 chip and a Mac with an Intel processor - all without rebooting. NOTE: It is not recommended that existing Parallels Desktop for Mac users move to Parallels Desktop App Store Edition. Parallels Desktop Installation Assistant helps you to get up and running in a few minutes. Powerful performance lets you run many Windows apps on your Mac, including games and CAD programs. FEATURES: - Download and install Windows in two clicks. - Share Mac folders with Windows—including Desktop, Documents, and Downloads. - NEW: Drag and drop text or graphics between macOS and Windows apps. - NEW: Enhanced desktop, video, and gaming experience with a higher refresh rate. - NEW: Use the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 device in Windows. - 3D graphics acceleration up to DirectX® 11.1. - Copy/paste formatted text and files between macOS, Windows, and Linux. - Drag and drop files and images between macOS, Windows, and Linux. - Resize the window to get the desired Windows or Linux resolution. - Use Mac printers in Windows and Linux. - Connect USB devices to Windows and Linux. - And many more... PRICING:  - Creating and editing virtual machine configurations is available for free.  - Running virtual machines requires an in-app purchase of an auto-renewable subscription (1 year). You can cancel at any time.  - There is a fully functional 14-day trial to test Parallels Desktop before the subscription starts. SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEMS - On a Mac with an Intel processor, you can run most Windows, Linux, and macOS versions. - On a Mac with the Apple M1 chip, you can run Windows 10 (and Windows 11) on ARM Insider Preview, Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Linux, Debian GNU/Linux, and Kali Linux (all ARM-based versions). NOTE: See the full list of supported operating systems and system requirements at  FEEDBACK  We want you to be completely satisfied with Parallels Desktop. If you have any feedback, problems, or concerns, please contact us at

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    Software Installation Requirements

    PC Compactibility/Requirements for Installation

    Compactible OS list:
    1. Windows 11
    2. Windows 10
    3. Windows 8.1
    4. Windows 7
    5. Windows Vista

    Requirements for MacOS Installation

    Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.

    Compactible OS list:
    1. OS X 10.10: Yosemite
    2. OS X 10.11: El Capitan
    3. macOS 10.12: Sierra
    4. macOS 10.13: High Sierra
    5. macOS 10.14: Mojave8
    6. macOS 10.15: Catalina
    7. macOS Big Sur (macOS 11)


    Parallels Desktop - How do I download the app on Windows PC?

    If you want to download the software on your windows pc or mac, you could either first visit the Mac store or Microsoft AppStore and search for the app OR you can easily use any of the download links we provided above under the "Download and Install" header section to download the application

    Parallels Desktop - Is it safe to download?

    Yes. The app is 100 percent (100%) safe to download and Install. Our download links are from safe sources and are frequently virus scanned to protect you

    Software Reviews and Critisims

    • By sysjoker

      Why is windows vm usage a paid service ?

      Why should I choose to pay for Parallels Desktop Lite to use Windows VMs when I can do it for free using VirtualBox developed by Oracle ? Before downloading your app from App Store, I missed the line in the description which said Windows VMs need a paid subscription. If I didn't, I would never download it. and when I realized the payment requirement after the trial period, I quit your app immediately without trying. I had checked the differences between Lite and Standart Version before downloading the Lite from App Store. And it had made sense why Lite is free and Standart is not. Standart has great features that I might consider paying for but Lite has no advantage over VirtualBox. If I remember correctly, you didn't have a Lite version at the beginning. and seeing this Lite version made me think that you wanted to gain popularity among the users who choose to use free Virtualbox and don't try the Standart version. I am a developer and I can use Vagrant free version with VirtualBox but Vagrant is not free for Parallels. This also adds to the cost of Parallels Lite. As a summary, I may consider paying for Parallels Standart because of great features but will never pay for the Lite when its equivalent software is free.

    • By Airslide

      Unexpected change in capabilities

      The free version used to support Linux. Parallels has opted to change this to a subscription based feature in an update. I would be okay with this if the new version was a separate app (i.e. existing users could keep using the old version, without any new features). Instead, auto-update kicked in, I find myself in front of a screen demanding a login (not previously required) when I'm trying to get unversity work done on a time crunch, and I find out that the software wants to charge me going forward after a trial period. Again, my biggest issue with this is the update to an existing app--most other apps that have gone to a subscription model have a separate app store listing for their new version to avoid this problem, or permanently grandfather in old users to certain feature sets. If parallels communicated this change at some point, they did not do so in the app any time I've been using it the last few months, and I must say I'm very disappointed.

    • By Syllogomania


      I have new Mac with only USB-C ports. wanted to use this so i could run a game on steam that uses a controller... obviously had to use an adapter to for anyplug in devices... computer would not recognize or even register there was anything plugged in. on top of that, at start up, it even said there would be no wifi. also couldn't get sound to work through speakers. and for $80...thats total BS. Plus i had a key for windows and i never got to enter it...not sure what that was about. tried to transfer the windows via my microsoft account which is how it is supposed to work...and how they even recommended to do the set up... but without WIFI you cant even connect. Oh and through the adapter that is required to even use an Ethernet to hardline in... this wouldn't support (not an off-brand either). and FYI, all of these things except the gaming controllers work no problem on the Mac side of things through the adapters. i only wanted this to play a game so i could use the controller. I probably would have used the windows for other things too eventually...but then again... NOT for $80/year. for that price: if anyone were gaming or using the windows more than a couple times a year.... you would be better off just spending the extra money to get a cheap PC laptop/desktop or even doing your own cheap build (the route i plan to take). I hope you find this helpful.

    • By L.A. Willis

      No support after depleting hard drive space

      I’m on the free trial, and after a few attempts to get Windows 10 to install on the virtual machine, the application itself worked fine. The problem came in when the application began taking up almost all of my hard drive space. I tried unistalling the program and my virtual machine, but the hard rive size wouldn’t change. I spoke with a rep via chat and he sent me a link to a document to use, but the instructions didn’t match what was on my computer. Because of this, he referred me to Apple. After chatting with Apple and troubleshooting, they asked me to try a reboot and that worked. First of all, the rep should be trained about rebooting the machine after uninstalling Parallels if that’s all it takes to clear it off. Second, there should be a warning about how much hard drive space you actually need to run it or strongly recommending an external drive because apparently a 500 GB internal hard drive isn't enough.