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Create a new virtual machine in Parallels Desktop

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


There are several different ways to create a new virtual machine in Parallels Desktop.

  1. Upon installing Parallels Desktop you will be offered to create the new virtual machine via Installation Assistant.

  2. If you already have the virtual machine you can create more using Parallels Desktop Control Center window by clicking on    Mac menu bar > Control Center > +.

  3. Another virtual machine's creation method is to go to Mac menu bar > find File > New...

After that select the way to get Windows:

  • Get Windows from Microsoft website and download it using the direct link
  • Install Windows or other OS using USB stick, DVD disc or pre-downloaded .iso installation image
  • Migrate Windows from a real PC

When you have chosen the preferable method please follow the on-screen instructions to create the virtual machine.

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