Available article translations:

Mac is overheating when running Windows virtual machine

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


  • Mac is overheating when running Windows virtual machine

  • High CPU usage by virtual machine process in Mac Activity Monitor:

  • Reasonable or low CPU usage by the Windows processes in the Windows Task Manager:




Parallels power plan issues.


Reinstall Parallels power plan:

  1. Uninstall Parallels Tools:

    • Right-click on Start button > Control Panel > Apps and Features and remove Parallels Tools if present.

    • Reboot virtual machine.
  2. Delete Parallels power plan:

    • Open Power Options by right-clicking Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options.

    • Make a different plan the active plan, e.g. Power Saver.

    • Under Parallels plan, click Change plan settings.

    • On the Change settings for the plan: Parallels page, click Delete this plan.

    • When prompted, click OK.
  3. Restart virtual machine and install Parallels Tools.

1e5db16426987d561060acdf56d947b4 a9c6e0b6a5209e617a7c0dd5eace86cf f9b6a8d63f3437e0dca35c9704a9033c

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