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I am unable to start Windows: troubleshooting Virtual Machine start issues

  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop Enterprise


  • Your Windows virtual machine (or another OS) no longer boots and you cannot start it.
  • You receive an error message starting your Virtual Machine
  • You receive a critical error or Virtual Machine does not boot because of Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)


  • Windows OS installed in this Virtual Machine is corrupted
  • A Mac OS X related issue (lack of free disk space, wrong permission on Parallels desktop files)
  • Parallels Desktop issue


Before checking available solutions listed in this article, we recommend you to search for a solution by the error message you get when you start your virtual machine:

If you did not find a solution, click on one of these symptoms for more options:

Parallels Desktop gives me an error when I start my Virtual Machine

My Windows does not boot - it is stuck, but I do not get an error message dialogue

Windows boots with a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

Such errors are hardware or driver related, causing the virtual machine to stop responding in order to prevent damage to the hardware or data. Such issues are known for Windows OS and you may contact Microsoft for assistance: You may also check our solutions for some BSOD issues:

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