When you're installing Windows on your Mac, you need to choose what you are going to primarily use your Windows virtual machine for: Productivity, Games only, Design or Software development
In this article, we're going to explain the difference between these four options. But first of all, keep in mind that no matter which option you choose in Parallels Wizard, you can easily change these settings after Windows has been installed on your Mac.
The Productivity profile is designed to meet the needs of those of Parallels Desktop users who mostly use Windows for office work (lawyers, managers, accountants, realtors, teachers, etc), serfing the web, watching movies, and other similar activity.
When the Productivity Profile is chosen the virtual machine will have 2 virtual CPUs and 1 Gb of memory assigned to it which is optimal for Microsoft Office 2013 and most of the office applications, all the integration features like Shared Folders and the Shared Profile are enabled and the default startup view is Coherence.
The Games only Profile is designed to meet the needs of those Parallels Desktop users who mostly use Windows for gaming.
When the Games only Profile is chosen the virtual machine will have the maximum memory recommended for the virtual machine (the green zone of the Memory slider under Configure > Hardware > CPU & Memory), 512 Mb of Video memory, most of the integration features will be disabled, however the Mouse and the Keyboard are going to be optimised for games and the startup view is set to the Full Screen.
The Design Profile is designed to meet the needs of those of Parallels Desktop users who mostly use Windows for running the applications such as CorelDraw, Photoshop, or 3D modeling software.
When the Design Profile is chosen the virtual machine will have the maximum recommended Memory and 512 Mb of Video memory to provide the best video/graphic performance, at the same time most of the integration features are enabled to provide the ability to save all your projects directly on the Mac side. The startup view is going to be the Fill Screen.
The Software Development Profile is designed to meet the needs of those of Parallels Desktop users who mostly use Windows for developing the desktop and mobile apps, web development, software or network testing, or studying IT.
When the Software Development Profile is chosen the virtual machine will have the maximum recommended CPU and Memory, and the Nested and PMU Virtualization enabled. The startup view is going to be Window.
How to change Profile after Windows is already installed?
Shut down you Windows virtual machine
Open your virtual machine's Configuration -> General tab and click Change next to the Configure for: option.
Then you will be able to switch to another Profile.
- Start your virtual machine to make sure the new settings are applied successfully.
If you believe that none of the four preset Profiles fully meets your needs, or you just want to experiment with the virtual machine's settings you can also adjust your virtual machine manually.
To easily revert any configuration option to its default settings you can click Restore Defaults button located on the right bottom side of the every Configuration screen.