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How to install and activate Acronis Online Backup in a Parallels Desktop virtual machine?

  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Standard Edition


Acronis True Image Online allows you to safeguard your important data on up to 5 home PCs or laptops with 25 GB of secure online data protection and recover them when required.

Note: Acronis True Image Online is a part of Parallels Desktop for Mac. It can only be installed in a virtual machine. Acronis True Image Online backs up Windows files only. In order to backup the Mac side, feel free to use the Time Machine utility.

To install Acronis Online Backup in your Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machine please complete the following instructions:

  1. Start the virtual machine
  2. In the top Mac menu click on your virtual machine name, then on Get Acronis Online Backup

In previous Parallels Desktop version you should follow different steps:

  1. Start the virtual machine
  2. In the top Mac menu choose Virtual Machine, then Get Acronis Online Backup

You will be redirected to Acronis website where you need input your personal details in order to register and download the product:

Note: Please remember the email address and the password that you used for registration, you will need them to run the product after installation.

After clicking the Register Now button you will see the following message:

Open the mailbox for the email address that you used during the registration above.

Note: It is recommended to do that from inside the virtual machine.

In your mailbox there should be an email from with a confirmation link for creating your account. Click on that link and you will be redirected to the Acronis site again, but this time you will be automatically logged in toyour new Acronis account. Click on the Download link to Download the Acronis True Image Online installer:

Once the download finishes, run the installer inside your virtual machine and choose the option to Install Acronis True Image Online:

Follow the wizard to complete the installation.

Acronis Online Backup does not require a separate activation, because it operates under the account registered online, i.e. by the time you install and run it you are already registered on the Acronis web site.

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