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USB 3.0 support for Virtual Machines starting from Parallels Desktop 8.0.18305

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition


Parallels Desktop 8 provides USB 3.0 support for Virtual Machines since Parallels Desktop 8.0.18305.


  1. To take advantage of USB 3.0 in your Virtual Machine, please enable the feature in the Virtual Machine configuration: Virtual Machine menu > Configure... > Hardware > USB


  2. Install USB 3.0 drivers if necessary:

Windows 8, Mac OS 10.7.4 and higher or a Linux Virtual Machine with kernel 2.6.32 and higher do not need a USB 3.0 driver to be installed. All drivers being installed automatically, no additional action is required.

Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 virtual machine: Click the link in this Parallels Desktop message to download and install USB 3.0 drivers:


Or you may download USB 3.0 drivers manually from Renesas Electronics:

NOTE: Other Virtual machine not listed in this article may not support USB 3.0

NOTE: Make sure you have a USB 3.0 controller installed on your Mac computer, otherwise USB 3.0 will not work in a Virtual Machine even with installed drivers.

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