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Error "Parallels Desktop can be installed on Intel-based mac only" during Parallels Desktop installation

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 4 for Mac Standard Edition

Symptoms

You are trying to install Parallels Desktop on the Mac with 10.4.x Tiger OS and receive the error:

"Parallels Desktop can be installed on Intel-based mac only"


blocking the installation. In the System Profiler (Applications -> Utilities -> System Profiler) you verify that the Mac has  Intel processor:




Cause

Most probably Installer.app binary file which runs Parallels Desktop installation has the option "Open using Rosetta" enabled:


Resolution

1. Find the installer.app file: /Applications/Utilities/Installer.app
2. Right click (ctrl+click) on the file and choose 'Get info'
3. Uncheck the option "Open using Rosetta"



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