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Parallels is a VM emulator for the Mac.  It allows you to run Windows and Windows applications on your Macintosh without rebooting your computer.

Product Details

A summary of the specifics of the product.

System Requirements

Intel Mac with OS 10.4.11 or higher, 10.5.2 or higher, or 10.6.x.  See Parallels full list of system requirements.

Licensing Information

Carleton purchases Parallels on a per-seat basis, therefore any additional licenses must be purchased separately.
Per seat licensed software is licensed individually for each installation.  It is software that is purchased on a per unit basis, where the unit has to do with the installation and not the usage.  An installation may correspond to a specific person, computer or operating system. If you would like to request a copy... see below.

Installation Instructions

College Owned Equipment

Instructions for IT staff.

Technical Troubleshooting


All users of our campus agreement need to be sure to turn off the automatic update feature within their Parallels program.

  1. Go to Parallels Desktop > Preferences to open the General tab
  2. Select “Never” from the drop down list in the “Check for Updates” field

To download updates, an image key user needs to log on to their account at and perform the update manually when they are available. If an end user needs to create an account, they may do so by going to

  1. My Account in the upper right hand corner of the Parallels web site
  2. Choose the second option, “Create Your Account”
  3. To download a new update, go to Download in the red bar at the top of the account page and select the appropriate Parallels product

In order for Parallels to run correctly, you must open the System Preferences, Networking pane. This will allow the Parallels network adapters to register with the OS and allow Shared Networking to be used. This MUST be done if the system is to use the IP of the Mac for the VM. Otherwise, it will only use Bridged Ethernet and other problems will surface.

You should then see: