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  • Brand: Parallels
  • Description and content of package
  • Technical information and basic settings
  • Frequently asked questions – FAQ
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Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac Read More This downloadable version of Parallels Desktop 14 Standard Edition for Mac supports systems running Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 or later and comes with a 1-year license. This fast, user-friendly, and powerful application is designed for running Windows on a Mac without needing to reboot. Get up and running in minutes and bring your files, applications, browser bookmarks, and more from your Windows system to your Mac. Switch between Mac and Windows applications, launch Windows applications from your Mac's dock, and use Mac gestures in your Windows applications. You can also use the Touch Bar with Windows, as well as copy and paste or drag and drop between Windows and Mac. Powerful performance lets you run common Windows applications, like Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, and Visio, or easily run more demanding applications, such as Microsoft Visual Studio or Adobe Photoshop. Keep the look and feel of macOS, or use the familiar Windows desktop, and leverage Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or other cloud services.

Parallels Desktop 14 runs on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, and OS X El Capitan, and supports a variety of operating systems, including Windows 10, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions, and older versions of Windows. In the Installation Assistant, select your primary usage scenario, such as Travel Mode, which extends battery life on the go, and Parallels Desktop will optimize performance for you. Allocate up to four virtual CPUs and 8GB of virtual memory per virtual machine. 24/7 premium support is included for 30 days, as is Parallels Toolbox, with over 30 utilities to help simplify everyday tasks, such as cleaning your drive, securing private files, taking screenshots, or downloading videos, all with a single click.

Virtual Machines that were created in Parallels Desktop version 3 or 4 and never run in any other version are not going to work in Parallels Desktop 14.

General Features

    Standard Edition
  • Download and install Windows 10 in one click
  • Ready for macOS Mojave (10.14)
  • Customize Touch Bar for Windows applications
  • 8GB virtual memory for each virtual machine
  • Four virtual CPUs for each virtual machine
  • Premium 24/7 phone and email support for 30 days

What's New?

  • Up to a 200% performance improvement on the iMac Pro (audio and video encoding, AI, 3D modelling, cryptography, and other complex math calculations workloads) thanks to AVX512 processor instructions set support
  • Up to 80% faster application launch
  • Up to 10% faster boot time
  • Up to 30% faster suspend operation on APFS partition
  • Up to 130% more frames per second in Shared Camera
  • Up to 17% more frames per second in Coherence view mode
  • The Mac's camera shared with Windows consumes up to 3x less CPU resources
  • The new "Auto" mode for graphics allows Windows 8 and later to use more than 2GB of Mac system memory for graphics, while allowing Windows applications to use it when possible. To use this feature, you must update Parallels Tools first
  • Not all amount of assigned graphics memory is locked by the virtual machine - the amount which is not used is returned to Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 14 now features improved OpenGL support for enhanced graphics, with notable improvements in SketchUp 2017/2018, CTVox, DIALux 8, and OriginLab
  • Improved the way a virtual machine is displayed on 4K+ monitors
  • Improved the way Windows is displayed on an external non-Retina monitor when the "Best for external displays" option is selected
  • Improved the way a virtual machine is displayed in Coherence on a Retina monitor
  • Improved the way a virtual machine is displayed in Coherence
  • Reduced the number of graphical artifacts when switching a virtual machine between view modes
  • Improved the way a virtual machine is displayed on multiple monitors when the macOS "Displays have separate Spaces" option is turned off. Instead of the black screen on one of the monitors, now the virtual machine is displayed on all screens
  • To avoid black screen and slow functioning, Parallels Desktop doesn't allow a virtual machine to switch to Coherence or Full Screen if there's not enough graphics memory. Instead, there appears a message prompting how to increase the virtual machine graphics memory
  • Resoled an issue with virtual machine windows flashing black during resize when the 3D acceleration is turned off
    macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • Parallels Desktop 14 supports Dark Mode. Support for additional Mojave features, which are currently in development, will be tested, finalized, and introduced around the forthcoming public release of Mojave
  • Use the macOS Continuity Camera feature in Windows (insert pictures from your iPhone or iPad into Windows applications)
  • Quick Look in Windows got the same quick actions as in macOS
  • When you take a screenshot from the Edit menu, Parallels Desktop uses the Mojave technology to take screenshots

    Parallels Desktop may need to be updated once Mojave is officially released
    Integration with Mac
  • Use the camera (connected to Mac) that supports up to 4K resolutions in a virtual machine
  • Use the Touch Bar to work with more Windows applications: OneNote, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Visual Studio, AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Quicken, QuickBooks Desktop, and SketchUp
  • Support for pressure sensitivity in Windows. You can draw in Windows apps like Microsoft PowerPoint, Leonardo or Photoshop depending on the pressure you apply to the trackpad or using a Wacom tablet connected to Mac or using apps like Astropad
  • The size of the virtual machine hard disk (.hdd file) is optimized automatically in the background by means of native Windows defragmentation. This feature works in Windows 8 or later
  • A paused virtual machine resumes automatically when you drag a file to its window
  • You get notified when a USB device you're trying to connect is being used by some macOS application or process
  • Improved the dialogs appearing when you connect a new USB device or external monitor - you can remember your choice and see where to change it later
  • The Start menu closes automatically when you start a Windows application from the Touch Bar
  • Improved the way virtual machine files are associated with Mac's applications
  • Backing up a virtual machine with Time Machine has been simplified. Now if you want to add a virtual machine to the backup list or exclude it from this list, just do what you need in the Time Machine preferences
  • Backing up a virtual machine with Acronis True Image has been improved
  • Some virtual machine controls are greyed out when Parallels Tools are being updated. This is done to prevent Windows from damage
  • The "Free Up Disk Space" dialog has been redesigned and simplified. Now you can use it to reduce the amount of disk space occupied by all your virtual machines
  • Parallels Desktop offers to increase the virtual disk size when Windows is running out of disk space
  • Parallels Desktop prompts you to save disk space by importing the Boot Camp partition (i.e. creating a Boot Camp virtual machine) and then deleting the partition. All its contents will remain in a virtual machine and Parallels Desktop will optimize the amount of disk space being used
  • Many UI messages and warnings have been rephrased. In order not to bother users with the term "virtual machine," the virtual machine name will be used instead
  • As most of Windows customers have switched from Windows 8 to Windows 10, the "Enable swipe from edges" option is disabled by default in order not to confuse users
  • Users are notified 5 minutes before maintenance starts
  • Users are notified if Windows didn't perform maintenance for 30 days
  • Users can start maintenance manually
  • Parallels Desktop Help is no longer stored on your Mac. Instead, it's displayed from the web. This means Parallels Desktop occupies up to 200MB less disk space and update the user guide in real time
  • For new virtual machines, the SmartGuard backup functionality now keeps 3 snapshots by default (not to occupy additional disk space)
  • The Resource Monitor has been redesigned. Use it to check how much CPU and memory is consumed by your Mac and all virtual machines
  • Monitor the virtual machine CPU usage in the virtual machine status bar
  • Optimized the "Productivity" and "Games only" virtual machine profiles
  • Use the "Show and hide spaces on all displays simultaneously" option to switch to the virtual machine or non-virtual machine Spaces on all displays simultaneously
  • When inactive, Windows doesn't pause automatically for some time after start. This prevents Windows from being paused when the boot process hasn't finished yet
  • Increased the size of the progress bar on Dock icons for users to comfortably see how the progress is going on
  • New splash screens inform the user when a virtual machine is starting, shutting down, switching to Coherence or Full Screen, etc.
  • A notification informs the user when archiving or unarchiving a virtual machine is finished
  • When you click a macOS notification that a technical data report has been sent, the report ID is automatically copied to the clipboard
  • The "Sign In" screen has been redesigned and simplified
  • The "Special characters" menu item in the virtual machine's "Edit" menu has been renamed to "Emoji & Symbols" for consistency with Mac
    Linux Support
  • Install Ubuntu 18.04, Fedora 28, and Linux Mint 19 in virtual machines right from Parallels Desktop
  • Support for mmap() in Linux Shared Folders
    Support for Keyboard Layouts
  • Improved support for the German keyboard layout
  • Improved support for the Japanese keyboard layout
  • Added support for the Brazilian Portuguese keyboard layout
  • Auto-detect keyboard for games. When you start a game, the Mac's keyboard activates Game Mode
  • When a game is launched in Full Screen, a notification informs that you should press Control + Option to access the macOS menu bar
    Additional Info
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10 is no longer supported as a host operating system (Parallels Desktop cannot be installed in it)
    Hardware Requirements
  • A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M, or Xeon processor
  • Minimum 4GB of memory, 8GB is recommended
  • 600MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop application installation
  • Additional disk space for virtual machines (varies on operating system and applications installed, e.g. at least 16GB is required for Windows 10)
  • SSD drive is recommended for better performance
  • Internet connection for product activation and select features
    Moving Your PC?
  • 700 MHz (or higher) x86 or x64 processor (Intel or AMD)
  • 256MB of RAM
  • 50MB of available hard disk space for installation of Parallels Transporter Agent
  • Ethernet or WiFi network adapter for migrating over network
  • External USB drive for migrating via external disk
  • Supported Windows OS: Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, 2000 XP, and Server 2003

Supported Operating Systems

  • macOS Mojave 10.14
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or later
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.6 or later
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 or later
    Guest Operating Systems
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 7 (SP0-SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Vista Home, Business, Ultimate, Enterprise (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP0-SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP0-SP3)
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • MS-DOS 6.22 **
  • Boot2Docker
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7, 6, 5
  • CentOS Linux 7, 6, 5
  • Fedora Linux 28, 27, 26
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 17.10, 16.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, 12.04 LTS
  • Debian GNU/Linux 9.4, 9, 8, 7
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 12 SP3, 11 SP3, 11 SP2
  • OpenSUSE Linux 15, 42.3, 13.2, 13.1, 12.3
  • Linux Mint 19, 18, 17
  • Kali 2018.2, 2018.1, 2
  • Elementary 0.4
  • Manjaro 17
  • Mageia 6, 5, 4, 3
  • Gentoo Linux **
  • Solaris 11.3, 11, 10 **
  • openBSD 6 **
  • FreeBSD 11.1, 10, 10, 9, 8 **
  • openVZ 7
  • eComStation 2, 1.2 **
  • ReactOS 0.4 **
  • Android OS*
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.x
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.x
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.x
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11.x
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.x
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.x
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.x
  • OS X Lion 10.7.x
  • OS X Lion Server 10.7.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x

    * Only the one downloaded with help of Installation Assistant
    ** Parallels tools are not available for this operating system
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    Technical parameters

    Parallels Desktop 14 Specs

    Delivery Method Download
    Supported OS Versions Windows 10, 2000, 7, 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, Server 2000, Server 2003, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 R2, Vista, XP, XP SP2, XP SP3
    Supported OS Versions 10.11.6 - 10.14
    Storage Requirements 16 GB
    Processor Requirement Intel Core 2 Duo
    RAM Requirement 4 GB (Minimum)
    Operating System Version Android
    Internet Connection Required Yes


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