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Unable to start Boot Camp based virtual machine

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
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac Standard Edition

Symptoms

You are not able to start your Boot Camp based virtual machine.

Cause

You might have Safe Mode enabled.

Resolution

For Parallels Desktop 8, 9 and 10:

  1. Locate the .pvm file of virtual machine in question in Finder:
    • from the Parallels Desktop menu choose Window -> Control Center (Virtual Machine List for Parallels Desktop 8 and 9)
    • right click (control-click) on the name of your virtual machine in the Control Center and choose Show in Finder
  2. Quit Parallels Desktop.
  3. Right-click on the .pvm -> select 'Show package contents' -> open config.pvs using TextEdit -> locate the

    <SafeMode>1</SafeMode>
    

    tag -> change '1' (one) value to '0' (zero), so the tag is

    <SafeMode>0</SafeMode>
    

    -> save and close config.pvs

  4. Start Parallels Desktop and try to start your virtual machine.

For Parallels Desktop 6 and 7

  1. Locate the .pvm file of virtual machine in question in Finder:
    • from the Parallels Desktop menu choose Window -> Virtual Machine List
    • right click (control-click) on the name of your virtual machine in the Virtual Machine List and choose Show in Finder
  2. Quit Parallels Desktop.
  3. Open Terminal application on Mac located in /Applications/Utilities
  4. Paste the following command into Terminal as is and hit return (please enter your Mac administrator account password when prompted, then press Return.)

    Note: when typing the user's password after the "Password:" prompt appears, you will not see anything appear in the Terminal window. Just type in the password and press Return. If the password is entered incorrectly, you will see the message "Sorry, try again" and be given another chance to enter the password correctly:

    sudo launchctl stop com.parallels.desktop.launchdaemon
    
  5. Right-click on the .pvm -> select 'Show package contents' -> open config.pvs using TextEdit -> locate the

    <SafeMode>1</SafeMode>
    

    tag -> change '1' (one) value to '0' (zero), so the tag is

    <SafeMode>0</SafeMode>
    

    -> save and close config.pvs

  6. Open Terminal application on Mac located in /Applications/Utilities
  7. Paste the command into Terminal as is and hit return (type your password when prompted):

    sudo launchctl start com.parallels.desktop.launchdaemon
    
  8. Start Parallels Desktop and try to start your virtual machine.



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