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Parallels Desktop system requirements

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Standard Edition

APPLIES TO:

  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac
  • Customer Service and Licensing

System Requirements for Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

Hardware Requirements

  • An Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better.
  • At least 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended to run Windows 7).

Note: Your Mac must have enough RAM memory to use Mac OS X and its applications plus the memory required for each additional operating system (and its programs) that you want to use simultaneously.

  • 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).
  • Internet connection required for product activation, select features, and online updates.

Software Requirements

  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later;
  • OS X Lion 10.7.4 or later;
  • 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.

Supported Guest Operating Systems

To install and set up Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac, you need 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.
  • If you're using OS X Lion or later, you can set up a second copy of OS X to be used as a guest operating system alongside your main system, without having to purchase or download another copy of OS X.

Any of the following guest operating systems can be installed in Parallels Desktop virtual machines:

Windows

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 SP0, R2
  • Windows 7 SP0, SP1
  • Windows Server® 2008 SP0, SP1, SP2, R2
  • Windows Vista® Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise SP0, SP1, SP2
  • Windows Server® 2003 SP0, SP1, SP2, R2
  • Windows XP Home SP0, SP1, SP2, SP3
  • Windows XP Professional SP0, SP1, SP2, SP3
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6, Workstation SP6
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 3.11
  • MS-DOS 6.22

    Linux

  • Ubuntu® Linux 10.04, 11.04, 11.10, 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 5.x, 6.x, 7
  • CentOS Linux 5.x, 6.x
  • Fedora™ Linux 17, 18, 19
  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, SP3, Desktop 11 SP2, SP3
  • OpenSUSE Linux 12.2, 12.3, 13
  • Linux Mint 14, 15
  • Mageia 2, 3
  • Mandriva™ Linux 2011
  • Debian® Linux 6.0, 7.0, 7.1

    OS X

  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.x public beta (Please visit KB121895 for known issues)
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.x
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  • OS X Lion 10.7.x
  • OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

    Chrome

  • Chrome OS
  • Solaris
  • Open Solaris 2009.06
  • Oracle Solaris® 10, 11

    BSD

  • FreeBSD® 8.3, 9.1

    OS/2

  • OS/2® Warp 4.5, 4
  • eComStation™ 1.2, 2.0

    Android

  • Android OS

System Requirements for Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

Hardware Requirements

  • An Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better.
  • At least 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended to run Windows 7).

Note: Your Mac must have enough RAM memory to use Mac OS X and its applications plus the memory required for each additional operating system (and its programs) that you want to use simultaneously.

  • 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).
  • Internet connection required for product activation, select features, and online updates.

Software Requirements

  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later;
  • OS X Lion 10.7.4 or later;
  • 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.

Supported Guest Operating Systems

To install and set up Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, you need one of the following: - A Windows installation disc, or other installation media for the operating systems you want to use alongside Mac OS X. - A major credit card or PayPal account to purchase Windows online. - An Internet connection to download and install freely available operating system such as Ubuntu or Google Chrome. - If you're using OS X Lion or later, you can set up a second copy of OS X to be used as a guest operating system alongside your main system, without having to purchase or download another copy of OS X.

Any of the following guest operating systems can be installed in Parallels Desktop virtual machines:

Windows

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 SP0, SP1, SP2, R2
  • Windows Vista® Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise SP0, SP1, SP2
  • Windows Server 2012 SP0
  • Windows Server® 2008 SP0, SP1
  • Windows Server® 2003 SP0, SP1, SP2, R2
  • Windows XP Home SP0, SP1, SP2, SP3
  • Windows XP Professional SP0, SP1, SP2, SP3
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6, Workstation SP6
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 3.11
  • MS-DOS 6.22

Linux

  • Ubuntu® Linux 10.04, 10.10, 11.04, 11.10, 12.04, 12.10, 13.04
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 5.x, 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.x
  • CentOS Linux 5.x, 6.x
  • Fedora™ Linux 15, 16, 17, 18
  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, Desktop 11 SP2
  • OpenSUSE Linux 11.4, 12.1
  • Mandriva™ Linux 2010, 2011
  • Debian® Linux 5.0, 6.0

Mac OS

  • Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9 Developer Preview
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  • Mac OS X Lion 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

Chrome

  • Chrome OS
  • Solaris
  • Open Solaris 2009.06
  • Solaris® 10
  • Oracle Solaris 11

    BSD

  • FreeBSD® 7.x, 8.x

    OS/2

  • OS/2® Warp 4.5, 4
  • eComStation™ 1.2

    Android

  • Android OS

System Requirements for Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

Hardware Requirements

  • Any Macintosh computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better.
  • At least 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended to run Windows 7).

Note: Your Mac must have enough RAM memory to use Mac OS X and its applications plus the memory required for each additional operating system (and its programs) that you want to use simultaneously.

  • At least 1.4GB of space available on the boot volume (the volume that has Mac OS X) for Parallels Desktop installation.
  • 15 GB of available disk space for Windows.
  • Internet connection required for select features and online updates.

Software Requirements

  • Mac OS X Lion 10.7 or later;
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.8 or later;
  • Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.8 or later.

To identify your computer's processor, memory, and Mac OS X version, choose Apple menu > About This Mac.

Supported Guest Operating Systems

To install and set up Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac, you need one of the following: - A Windows installation disc, or other installation media for the operating systems you want to use alongside Mac OS X. - A major credit card or PayPal account to purchase Windows online.

Any of the following guest operating systems can be installed in Parallels Desktop virtual machines:

Windows

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview (experimental)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server® 2008 SP0, SP1, SP2, R2
  • Windows Vista® Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise SP0, SP1, SP2
  • Windows Server® 2003 SP0, SP1, SP2, R2
  • Windows XP Home SP0, SP1, SP2, SP3
  • Windows XP Professional SP0, SP1, SP2, SP3
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6, Workstation SP6
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 3.11
  • MS-DOS 6.22

Linux

Ubuntu® - Linux 8.10, 9.04, 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04, 11.10, 12.04 (experimental) - Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 5.x, 6 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.x - CentOS Linux 5.x - CentOS Linux 4.x - Fedora™ Linux 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 - SUSE® - Linux Enterprise Server 11, 10 SP2, Desktop 11 - OpenSUSE Linux 11.x - Mandriva™ Linux 2009, 2010 - Debian® Linux 5.0

Mac OS

  • Mac OS X 10.8 (experimental)
  • Mac OS X 10.7
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

Chrome

  • Chrome OS
  • Solaris
  • Open Solaris 2009.06
  • Solaris® 10

BSD

  • FreeBSD® 7.x, 8.x

OS/2

  • OS/2® Warp 4.5, 4
  • eComStation™ 1.2

System Requirements for Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac

Hardware Requirements

  • Any Macintosh computer with an Intel processor (1.66 GHz or greater). To run 64-bit operating systems in virtual machines, an Intel Core 2 or later processor is required.
  • Minimum 1 GB of memory, 2 GB of memory is recommended.

Note: Your Mac must have enough memory to run Mac OS X and your Mac applications, plus the memory required for the virtual machine guest operating system and the applications installed in it.

  • At least 500 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation.
  • About 15 GB of disk space for each virtual machine.

Software Requirements

  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later;
  • Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 Leopard or later.

Note: Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.x is not supported in this version of Parallels Desktop. To get information about your Mac OS X version, type of processor, and amount of memory, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu.

Supported Guest Operating Systems

Any of the following guest operating systems can be installed in Parallels Desktop virtual machines:

Windows

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server® 2008 SP0, SP1, SP2, R2
  • Windows Vista® Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise SP0, SP1, SP2
  • Windows Server® 2003 SP0, SP1, SP2, R2
  • Windows XP Home SP0, SP1, SP2, SP3
  • Windows XP Professional SP0, SP1, SP2, SP3
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6, Workstation SP6
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 3.11
  • MS-DOS 6.22

Linux

  • Ubuntu® Linux 8.10, 9.04, 9.10, 10.04
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 5.x
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 4.x
  • CentOS Linux 5.x
  • CentOS Linux 4.x
  • Fedora™ Linux 12, 13
  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 11, 10 SP2, Desktop 11
  • OpenSUSE Linux 11.x
  • Mandriva™ Linux 2009, 2010
  • Debian® Linux 5.0

Mac OS

  • Mac OS X 10.7
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

Chrome

  • Chrome OS
  • Solaris
  • Open Solaris 2009.06
  • Solaris® 10

BSD

  • FreeBSD® 7.x, 8.x

OS/2

  • OS/2® Warp 4.5, 4
  • eComStation™ 1.2



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