Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac

Please review the software and hardware requirements necessary for installing Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac below.

Software Requirements

Primary Operating System Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (including Leopard and Snow Leopard) or higher running on an Intel® Mac.

Hardware Requirements

Mac Computer Support for any 32- or 64-bit Intel®-based Mac:

  • iMac
  • Mac mini
  • MacBook
  • MacBook Pro
  • MacBook Air
  • Mac Pro Tower
Processors Support for any 32- or 64-bit Intel® Core Duo processor featured in new Intel® Macs::

  • Intel® Core Solo
  • Intel® Core Duo
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo
  • Intel® Dual-Core Xeon
Includes full support for Intel Virtualization Technology (VT)
Memory Requirements 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended to run Windows Vista). Support for any memory configuration (up to 16 GB), without modifying your host system
Disk Space Software Installation — 450 MB of available hard drive space for Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac installation (plus space to allocate to your virtual machine.)

Virtual Machine Installation — Hard drive space allocation for virtual machines is dependent upon the guest operating system. 15 GB of available hard drive space is recommended per virtual machine for Windows and Linux.
CD-ROM CD-ROM drive for installation (if applicable)
Networking Internet connection is required to receive online Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac product updates
Display 16-bit or 32-bit display adapter recommended

Software Requirements for Guest OSs in Virtual Machines

  Supports 32- and 64-bit virtual machine operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Solaris — not included.
Guest OS
  • Mac OS X Server 10.5.x Leopard
  • Mac OS X Server 10.6.x Snow Leopard
  • 3.1
  • 3.11
  • 95
  • 98
  • NT Server
  • Server 2000
  • Server 2003
  • Server 2008
  • XP Professional and Home Edition
  • Vista Business, Ultimate, Enterprise,
    Home and Home Premium
  • 7
  • CentOS
  • SUSE
  • OpenSUSE
  • Red Hat
  • Red Hat Enterprise
  • Debian
  • Fedora Core
  • Mandriva
  • Ubuntu
  • Xandros
  • FreeBSD 7.0 & 6.2
  • OS/2 Warp 4.5
  • eComStation 1.2
  • Solaris 10 & 9
  • MS-DOS 6.22
  • OpenBSD 3.8
Guest OS
  • Mac OS X Server 10.5.x Leopard
  • Mac OS X Server 10.6.x Snow Leopard
  • Server 2003
  • Server 2008
  • XP Professional
    Vistas Business, Enterprise and Ultimate
  • Red Hat Enterprise
  • CentOS
  • Fedora
  • SUSE Enterprise Server
  • OpenSUSE
  • Ubuntu
  • Mandriva
  • Solaris
  • FreeBSD 3.8

Hardware Requirements for Virtual Machines

Processor Virtualized Processor of host Mac
Motherboard Generic motherboard compatible with Intel i815 chipset
Memory Up to 8GB RAM available for each virtual machine
Keyboard 104-key Windows enhanced keyboard
Mouse PS/2 wheel mouse
Display VGA and SVGA with VESA 3.0 support
3D Graphics support (DirectX9.0 with Shaders Model 2, DirectX Pixel Shaders and OpenGL 2.0)
Intel® Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE4) support
IDE Drives Up to 4 IDE Devices; CD/DVD-ROM Drives, Virtual Hard drives or any combination of the two. Virtual Hard Drive from up to 2TB each
Floppy Drives 1.44 Floppy drive mapped to FDD image file
CD Drives CD/DVD-ROM drives mapped to physical drive, ISO or DMG image file

Burn CDs and DVDs directly in virtual machines, play audio CDs, and read data from copy-protected CDs and DVDs.
Sound Card AC’97-compatible sound card. Sound recording is supported
Serial Ports Up to four Serial (COM) Port mapped to a socket or to an output file
Parallels Ports Up to three bi-directional parallel (LPT) ports mapped to output file
Ethernet© Cards Up to 16 Virtual NICs
Ethernet virtual network card compatible with RTL8029 bridged to Apple Ethernet or Apple Airport adapter, connected to host-only or shared networking
USB Ports USB 2.0 support; 8 USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 1.1 ports

Localized Versions
Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac is available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Japanese and Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified). Check for local availability.

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