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How to change serial number of my virtual machine

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


  • How can I change serial number of my virtual machine?


NOTE: This feature is available only in Parallels Desktop Pro and Parallels Desktop Business editions.

Find your current serial number

First of all we need to know the current serial number of your virtual machine.

To find it out do the following:


Open Terminal on OSX VM > execute the command:

    ioreg -l | grep IOPlatformSerialNumber

On OSX VMs serial number is usually presented in a 12-capital letters format.

Here's the example:

Windows VM:

Open Command Prompt on Windows VM > execute the command:

    wmic bios get serialnumber

On Windows VMs serial number usually has UUID of your VM.

Here's the example:

Linux VM:

Open Terminal on Linux VM > execute the command (with quotes):

    dmidecode | grep "Serial Number"

On Linux VMs as on Windows VMs serial number usually also has UUID of your VM.

Here's the example:

Change the serial number

There are two ways to change serial number:

  • Set system flag:

    Go to virtual machine configuration > Hardware > Boot Order > Advanced settings > in Boot flags field paste the flag below:


    Here's the example:

  • Edit config.pvs string:

    Right click on the virtual machine in Control Center > choose Show in Finder > right click on .pvm file with the name of your virtual machine > choose Show Package Contents > open config.pvs file with > in text editor press CMD + F to show search bar > in search bar type: "SerialNumber" without quotes > it will take you to the exact string we need.

    Here's the example:

f9b6a8d63f3437e0dca35c9704a9033c 4987860c21de5849bcebfeb0472cfd03

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