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You get error message 'Invalid URI: The hostname could not be parsed' when starting some applications in Windows

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 4 for Mac

Symptoms

When you start some application in Windows installed in virtual machine you may get the error like:

Invalid URI: The hostname could not be parsed

Resolution

Please disable Shared Profile in virtual machine configuration.



Or you can try unchecking Documents or/and Desktop options as some applications do not understand the path to Documents or Desktop folders if they are not default. When you are using Shared Profile path to your Windows profile folder are substituted with network paths to similar folder on Mac side for both OSes mutual integration.



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