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Applications Folder is not created in the Dock

  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac


  • Parallels Applications Folder is not created in the Dock despite the option to "Show Windows applications folder in Dock" is enabled

  • I cannot open files located on the Mac side with Windows applications. They are not in the "Open with..." list


Wrong Home folder permissions


  1. Shut down your Mac.

  2. Press the power button.

  3. Immediately after you hear the startup tone, hold the Option (alt) key. The Option (alt) key should be held as soon as possible after the startup tone, but not before the tone.
  4. Release the Option (alt) key when you see gray icons. Please choose the "Recovery HD".

  5. Open Disk Utility and run a permissions repair on your startup volume:

    • Select your MacintoshHD on the left side of the window, select "First Aid" tab on the right side.
    • Click 'Repair disk permissions'.
    • After this is complete, close Disk Utility.
  6. Open Terminal from the Utilities menu.

    • Type in


      and press Return. A Reset Password window opens.

    • Select your username from the drop down menu labeled 'Select the user account' (NOT System Administrator/root).
    • Click the 'Reset' button at the bottom of the window in the 'Reset home folder permissions and ACLs' section.
    • Quit the Password Utility and go back to the main recovery screen.
    • On your keyboard, hit ⌘+ Q and restart your computer (Select Apple logo -> Restart from the menu bar). It's very important that you don't hold down the power button to exit the recovery session, or the ACL reset won't occur.
  7. Shut Down your Mac and start it normally.

  8. Launch Parallels Desktop and the virtual machine.

Alternative Workaround:

  1. Find the virtual machine file:

    • start Parallels Desktop
    • in the menu bar at the top go to Window -> Control Center
    • right-click on the virtual machine name -> Show in Finder
  2. Change the permissions:

    • right-click on WindowsXX.pvm -> Get Info
    • in the field 'Sharing & Permissions' please change to 'Read & Write' for all users in the list (including 'everyone' and 'staff')
  3. Move your virtual machines to the /Users/Shared/Parallels folder

  4. Create new test administrator user account:

    • go to Finder -> Applications -> System Preferences -> Users & Groups
    • click on '+' to create a new user and called him Test
    • in the field New Account choose Administrator
    • set any name with simple password (e.g. 123) and click 'Create User'
    • check the option Allow user to administer this computer
  5. Log off from your current user account (Apple icon -> Log out)

  6. Log in the new test user account

  7. Launch Parallels Desktop and the virtual machine (you may need to choose the way to the virtual machine, it is /Users/Shared/Parallels)

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Parallels Application Folder is not created in the Dock

Application (Parallels) Folder is not created in the Dock


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