Available article translations:

"Unable to detect operating system" warning message when creating the virtual machine

  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac Standard Edition


I cannot create a non-Windows virtual machine. The New Virtual Machine Wizard cannot automatically detect the installation media (a CD/DVD or an .iso file). When adding the installation media manually the following warning is displayed:

"Unable to detect operating system. Click continue to proceed anyway or try another source"


  1. Click Continue then choose the OS type that suites you the most:

    NOTE: Many Linux distributions are based on other mainstream distributions. For example Puppy Linux 5.2.8 and Bodhi Linux are based on Ubuntu. Thus you may want to choose either a particular mainstream OS type or other general type, like "Other Linux" or "Other Linux kernel 2.x"

  2. Continue with the guest OS installation.

    NOTE: You may want to follow the installation guides for the particular OS distributions available at their official websites

1e5db16426987d561060acdf56d947b4 3307fff3682b15f0ba3fbe13d779296d a9c6e0b6a5209e617a7c0dd5eace86cf 39e36b0abb33520c52ec8a15b563c41d

Was this article helpful?
Tell us how we may improve it.
Yes No