Parallels Workstation

We are ending sales of our Parallels Workstation product lines in order to focus on some different market segments and products. Effective immediately, you will no longer be able to purchase new licenses or renew maintenance agreements.

Parallels Workstation lets you run multiple OS configurations at the same time on Windows and Linux PCs.  Click below for frequently asked questions, documentation and other helpful tools to get the answers you need.

  1. 1.
    Can I run Windows 8 Previews in Parallels Workstation?

    Yes, many people are testing Windows 8 preview releases in Parallels Workstation today because it is a great way to test beta software.

    However, it is not a fully supported guest operating system.  This means that there are known issues and we do not provide mainstream phone, email, chat or Skype support if you run in to issues.

    There are known issues when running Windows 8 release previews, so read KB113533 before you set up a Windows 8 preview virtual machine.

  2. 2.
    What are the Parallels Workstation hardware requirements?
    • Minimum 1.66 GHz x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) CPU.
    • To run 64-bit guest operating systems, a processor that supports the Intel VT-x hardware virtualization technology is recommended but not required.  
      • The support for Intel VT-x and VT-d may be disabled by default in some computers that actually support them. To enable these features, in most cases enter BIOS, go to System Settings > Virtualization Support, and select the Enable Intel Virtualization and Enable Intel VT for Direct I/O check boxes. For detailed information on enabling the Intel VT-x and VT-d features in BIOS, refer to the OEM supplier's documentation.
    • 2 GB RAM minimum. 4 GB RAM or more is recommended.
    • 350 MB of hard disk space for the Parallels Workstation installation.
    • 30-60 GB of available hard disk space for each virtual machine.
    • DVD-ROM drive.
    •  Ethernet network adapter.
  3. 3.
    What are the Parallels Workstation supported OSes?


    • Windows 7
    • Windows Vista SP1, SP2
    • Windows XP Pro SP3
    • Windows XP Home SP3
    • Debian 6.0
    • Fedora 14, 15
    • RHEL 6, 6.1
    • SLED 11 SP1
    • Ubuntu 10.10, 11.04


    • Windows 7
    • Windows Vista SP1, SP2
    • Windows XP Pro SP2
    • Debian 6.0
    • Fedora 14, 15
    • RHEL 6, 6.1
    • SLED 11 SP1
    • Ubuntu 10.10, 11.04
  4. 4.
    What is the top functionality?

    Top Features Include:

    • If you're already using Parallels Management Console to manage your servers, extend that control to your desktop virtual machines as well. 
    • Interact with the applications and desktops of Parallels Workstation virtual machines through the Parallels Mobile app for iPad and iPhone. 
    • Easily migrate physical computers or third party virtual machines with Parallels Transporter. 
    • Configure virtual machines to automatically start with a re-boot of the host computer or start up of Parallels Workstation. 
  5. 5.
    What is the overview of Parallels Workstation?

    Professional-grade Virtualization for PCs
    Simultaneously run a wide variety of Windows versions, Linux distributions, web stacks, database configurations, and multi-tier cloud environments on a single PC with the power and performance you need for web development, QA testing, product demonstrations, and more.

    Simplify your routine
    Improve your productivity and the way you work everyday so that you can focus on your job, not on your virtualization software. Easily move a physical machine to a virtual machine using Parallels Transporter, an integrated tool to make migrating to a VM a snap.  Brilliantly handle USB devices, easily configure virtual networking, and automate routine tasks. Improve your user experience with the ability to move between environments, share files, cut and paste information and even drag and drop between Windows systems.  

    Flexible management on the go
    Manage and interact with virtual machines the way you want including: locally, remotely or when you are on the go with the Parallels Mobile app for iPad and iPhone. Parallels Mobile lets you roam the office and beyond with network-based connectivity to your Parallels virtual machines. If you're already using Parallels Management Console to manage your servers, extend your remote control capabilities to your desktops.

Technical Documentation

Choose the type of documentation you desire from the left-hand column and then click on the format you need in the right-hand column to download a document.

Document Name Format
Readme for Parallels Workstation RTF
Getting Started With Parallels Workstation PDF
Parallels Workstation User's Guide PDF
Parallels Transporter User’s Guide PDF
Parallels Mobile Quick Start PDF
Parallels Python API Reference PDF
Parallels C API Reference CHM | ZIP

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