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Nested Hyper-V support in Parallels Desktop virtual machines

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition


Nested Hyper-V support in Parallels Desktop Virtual Machines


Parallels Desktop provides nested virtualization support (VT-X technology) that allows you to run Hyper-V virtual machines inside Windows 8, 10 and Windows Server 2012 virtual machines.

Note: Running a virtual machine within a virtual machine may slightly slow down the hosting virtual machine performance.


NOTE:Bear in mind that the virtual machine must be shutdown in order to enable Nested Virtualization support.

To enable Hyper-V support in Parallels Desktop Pro and Business Edition:

Go to Actions menu > Configure > Hardware > CPU&Memory. Expand "Advanced Settings" and tick Enable Nested Virtualization checkbox.

Parallels Desktop 13:


Parallels Desktop 11 and 12:


  • Parallels Desktop 8, 9 and 10:

This option located in Options > Optimization

If you want to create or test applications for Windows Phone, first configure Windows to run Windows Phone emulator.

Warning: Do not use Hyper-V virtual machines in a production environment. Microsoft® doesn't support nesting Hyper-V, and so such virtual machines may be unstable.

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