How to Install Parallels on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who needs to run Windows applications? Look no further than Parallels Desktop, a powerful virtualization software that allows you to seamlessly run Windows and Mac applications side by side. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of installing Parallels on your Mac.

Step 1: Download Parallels Desktop

First, visit the official Parallels website and navigate to the download section. Choose the version of Parallels Desktop that is compatible with your Mac’s operating system. Once downloaded, locate the installer file in your Downloads folder.

Step 2: Install Parallels Desktop

To begin the installation process, double-click on the installer file. A setup wizard will appear on your screen.

Follow the on-screen instructions to proceed with the installation. You may be asked to enter your administrator password before continuing.

Note: Make sure all other applications are closed before you proceed with the installation.

Step 3: Activate Your License

After successfully installing Parallels Desktop, launch the application from your Applications folder or from Launchpad. You will be prompted to enter your product key or sign in with your Parallels account if you already have one. Enter the required information and click “Activate” to proceed.

Step 4: Create a New Virtual Machine

A virtual machine (VM) is a software emulation of a computer system. With Parallels Desktop, you can create multiple VMs to run different operating systems alongside macOS.

  1. To create a new VM, click on “File” in the top menu bar and select “New”.
  2. Choose the installation method for your VM. You can install Windows from a DVD, an image file, or even migrate an existing PC.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the VM creation process. You may need to select the installation media and specify the desired settings for your VM.

Step 5: Install Windows

Once you have created a new VM, it’s time to install Windows. Insert your Windows installation media into your Mac or choose an image file if you have one.

  1. Select your VM from the Parallels Desktop Control Center.
  2. Click on the “Play” button to start your VM.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions provided by the Windows installer to complete the installation process.

Note: Make sure to install Parallels Tools after installing Windows. Parallels Tools enhances integration between macOS and your virtual machine, providing better performance and additional features.

Step 6: Enjoy Parallels Desktop!

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Parallels Desktop and set up a virtual machine with Windows. Now you can enjoy running Windows applications seamlessly on your Mac!


  • To switch between macOS and your virtual machine, use the “Coherence” mode in Parallels Desktop.
  • You can customize various settings for each virtual machine by selecting it in Parallels Desktop Control Center and clicking on “Configure”.

We hope this tutorial has helped you install Parallels Desktop on your Mac. If you have any further questions or need assistance, refer to the official Parallels documentation or reach out to their support team.

Happy virtualizing!

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