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Windows applications do not launch from the Mac side in Coherence

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Standard Edition

Symptoms

Windows applications do not launch from the Mac side ( e.g. from Dock, Windows Applications folder or Launchpad) or files associated with Windows application cannot be opened from the Mac side (from Finder)

Cause

/etc/hosts file on the Mac side has been changed by an accident.

Resolution

Open Terminal (Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal) and type in following command:

less /etc/hosts |grep 127.0.0.1.*localhost

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If command will not get any output then input following command:

echo “127.0.0.1 localhost” | sudo tee –a /etc/hosts

and press Enter. Your Mac user account password will be required. Note that you will not see characters appearing, so just type it in and press Return/Enter.

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