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How can I check the current version and upgrade Parallels Desktop for Mac? Will I lose my existing virtual machine after the upgrade to the latest version?

  • Parallels Desktop 3 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 2.x for Mac Standard Edition


  • To check the version of your copy of Parallels, start the application, click the "Parallels Desktop menu" and select the "About Parallels Desktop" option. This window shows the current build number and version of the program.
  • To check for available updates, choose the "Check for Updates" menu option from the "Help" menu. The program will automatically download the latest GA update if any is currently available.
  • The US/UK version is available on our website. Please click here to download the latest version.
  • After that just run the Parallels installer and it will automatically upgrade the existing Parallels installation. The upgrade procedure doesn’t affect your virtual machine’s files and settings: you will be able to run your virtual machine created before the upgrade.

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