To install and set up Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac, you need:
A Mac computer with:
An Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better
At least 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended to run Windows 7)
At least 700 MB of space available on the boot volume (the volume that has Mac OS X) for Parallels Desktop installation
Enough free disk space for each virtual machine and its applications (at least 15 GB for each installation of Windows)
OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later, OS X Lion 10.7.4 or later, or Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.8 or later. To identify your computer's processor, memory, and Mac OS X version, choose Apple menu > About This Mac.
- Internet connection required for product activation, select features, and online updates.
One of the following:
A Windows installation disc, or other installation media for the operating systems you want to use alongside Mac OS X
- An Internet connection to download and install freely available operating system such as Ubuntu or Google Chrome.