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Unable to start Windows virtual machine: Updating your Windows Virtual Machine

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

Symptoms

After starting the virtual machine "Updating your Windows Virtual Machine" window lasts forever.

Cause

  • Virtual machine misconfiguration;
  • Windows corruption, perhaps BSOD in the background.

Resolution

  1. Open VM configurations, go to Hardware -> Boot Order -> and paste in Boot Flags box:

    vm.compat_level=2
    
  2. Start your virtual machine.

If it crashes, Open VM configurations again -> Hardware -> Hard Disk 1 -> change its Location from SATA to IDE or vice versa.

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