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How to create Lion Virtual Machine using Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

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I have Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac and want to install Mac OS X Lion into a virtual environment.


There are two ways to install Lion OS into virtual machine:

  1. Using recovery partition on Lion host
  2. Using OS X Lion USB installation stick

(Recommended Setup: 4 GB of RAM on host computer.)

Installing Lion OS using Recovery Partition:

NOTE: In order to install Lion OS X to a Virtual Machine Lion or Mountain Lion must be installed as a host OS and your Mac must be connected to the Internet.

Installation procedure:

  1. Start Parallels Desktop for Mac
  2. Open Parallels Wizard using File -> New
  3. Select "Install OS X Lion Using the Recovery Partition" and press Continue

  4. Select your language and choose point "Reinstall Mac OS X"

  5. Wait till installation completed
  6. Install Parallels tools into virtual machine using Actions -> Install Parallels Tools

Installing Lion OS X using a USB installation stick:

Installation procedure:

  1. Insert Apple USB stick with Lion into your Mac
  2. Start Parallels Desktop
  3. Open Parallels Wizard using File -> New
  4. Select "Install Windows from DVD or image file". Press Continue.

  5. Select Install from: "APPLE USB DISK". Press Continue.
  6. Select Mac OS X operating system type. Press OK.

  7. Continue
  8. Install Mac OS X according to instructions in wizard.
  9. Install Parallels tools into virtual machine using Actions -> Install Parallels Tools.

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