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iSight camera compatibility with Parallels Desktop versions

  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 4 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 3 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 2.x for Mac


This article includes instructions about iSight camera usage based on the Parallels Desktop for Mac version.

Additional information

  • Parallels Desktop 2:

iSight camera is not supported in Parallels Desktop build 1970 and less. Please update your software.

  • Parallels Desktop 3 and
  • Parallels Desktop 4 and
  • Parallels Desktop 5 and
  • Parallels Desktop 6:

To use iSight camera you ned to install iSight drivers (attached to this article).

(NOTE: This article applies to the following guest operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7)

  1. Download Apple iSight Driver.
  2. Connect the iSight camera to the virtual machine. To do so please choose the iSight camera under the "Parallels - Devices - USB" menu.
  3. Double-click on the AppleiSightInstaller.exe to install the required drivers for iSight. Please follow the on-screen instructions.


If the "apppleisightinstaller" installation wizard does not start automatically then it means that either:

  1. The iSight camera isn't connected to the virtual machine or
  2. Boot camp driver 1.3 for iSight is installed in the system 


  1. Run your VM, start Windows.
  2. Open Device Manager (Start –> Run –> type “devmgmt.msc” and click “OK”).
  3. Click Devices in Parallels Desktop menu and choose “iSight Camera.”
  4. Check if iSight camera or any unknown device will appear in “Device Manager” after that.
  5. Insert the original Leopard DVD into the DVD drive of the Mac. Connect the disk to the virtual machine by choosing the "Default CD/DVD" drive under the "Devices - DVD rom" menu.
  6. Go to Start → Run. Type “CMD” and click “OK.
  7. In Windows command interpreter type “CD DESKTOP”. Press “Enter.”
  8. Then type “appleisightinstaller –p”. Press “Enter.”
  9. iSight driver installation should start after that.

(NOTE: For newer computers, a 64-bit version of the drivers must be selected during installation, otherwise the process will fail.)

  • Parallels Desktop 7:
Apple iSight and most all other cameras you have working on Mac OS X are now shared with Windows virtual machines.

They should be available and work fine in Windows without any additional settings.

NOTE: If you prefer to keep your cameras separate between Mac OS and Windows virtual machine, please go to Virtual Machine --> Configure --> Hardware --> USB Devices and remove a checkmark from webcams sharing:

NOTE: If you are not able to use iSight camera with Yahoo! or MSN messenger, please refer to one of the following KB articles:

Not able to use iSight camera in Microsoft Live Messenger inside virtual machine

iSight camera does not work in Yahoo! Messenger


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