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How to move Parallels Desktop to a new Mac?

  • Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition


I would like to install Parallels Desktop on a new Mac.


In order to move the software from one computer to another, you should first uninstall Parallels Desktop from your old Mac, then install it on the new one.

First, visit KB 123461 to learn how to deactivate your Parallels Desktop license.

Article KB 123880 explains how to uninstall Parallels Desktop 12. For instructions on uninstalling Parallels Desktop 11 please visit KB 123349. For information about uninstalling Parallels Desktop 10 visit KB 122653.

Here you can download the installation file for your new Mac:

Parallels Desktop 12

Parallels Desktop 11

Parallels Desktop 10

Download links for previous versions are available in article #5802. You should double-click on the installation file after download to start installation. Open the program to activate it and start working.

Activation instructions are available in the articles below, use one depending on what kind if license you have:

For Parallels Desktop 12:

For Parallels Desktop 11:

For Parallels Desktop 10:

Please note that when you move Parallels Desktop to another computer, the registration of your activation key remains the same. After you start Parallels Desktop it will prompt you to register your key or log in to your existing Parallels account. Select log in to an existing account, enter the login information for your account with the registered key.

If you would like to use the same virtual machine you used on your old Mac, you should copy its file to an external storage and move it to your new Mac.

The *.pvm file of the virtual machine is located in one of these folders:

Macintosh HD/Users/<'username'>/Documents/Parallels

Macintosh HD/Users/Shared/Parallels

Fore more details about transferring a virtual machine file to a new Mac, please visit article #114118.

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