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How to start a virtual machine automatically

  • Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition


I would like to run my virtual machine automatically when I am starting my Mac.


  • First we have to change the configuration settings of your Windows Virtual machine as :

    1. Open virtual machine's Configuration
    2. Select Options Tab > Startup and Shutdown > Set the option Start Automatically as "When Parallels Desktop starts ".


  • Then in order to have the Parallels Desktop Application to be started automatically whenever you start your Mac, please follow the steps below :

    1. Log in as the user who wishes to have a login item or as an admin user.
    2. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
    3. Choose Users & Accounts from the View menu.
    4. Click the name of the user.
    5. Click the Login Items button.
    6. Click the "Add {+}" button.
  • The item you selected will automatically open the next time you log in.


    As an alternative resource on this topic, we also recommend visiting this blog post:

    Setting Windows to Start Automatically With Mac OS X

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