Parallels Desktop for Mac

Primary System Requirements

Primary Operating Systems Supported

Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later;

New! Compatible with developer build of Mac OS X 10.5, code-named "Leopard"
Hardware Requirements
Mac Computer Support on any Intel-powered iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook, and MacBook Pro.

New! Includes support for 64-bit Intel-powered quad-processor Mac Pro Towers and iMac:
  • No RAM limitations
  • No hardware re-configurations
Processor Intel x86 CoreSolo or CoreDuo Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Memory Minimum memory requirements of 512 MB RAM. Recommended to use 1 GB RAM
30 MB of available hard drive space for Parallels Desktop installation plus sufficient space allocated for the virtual machine.
15 GB of hard drive space recommended.

New! No hardware re-configurations required for 64-bit quad-processor Mac Pro Towers & 64-bit iMac.
Display 16-bit or 32-bit display adapter recommended

Guest Systems Requirements

Guest Operating Systems supported

Microsoft Windows: 3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, and 2003.

New! Support for Windows Vista RC2

Linux Distributions: SUSE, Red Hat, Debian, Fedora Core, Mandriva and more Other: FreeBSD, OS/2, eComStation, Solaris, MS-DOS, OPENSTEP, and OpenBSD 3.8.
Guest Hardware Requirements
Processor Virtualized Processor of the Host computer
Motherboard Generic motherboard compatible with Intel i815 chipset
Memory 1500 MB RAM available for 32-bit guest virtual machines

New! No RAM limitations for guest virtual machines running on 64-bit iMac or 64-bit Mac Pro Towers.
Keyboard 104-key Windows enhanced keyboard
Mouse PS/2 wheel mouse
Display VGA and SVGA with VESA 3.0 support 3D Accelerator/Direct X 3D Graphics is currently not supported in this version.
IDE Drives Up to 4 IDE Devices; CD/DVD-ROM Drives, Virtual Hard drives or any combination of the two. Virtual Hard Drive from 20 MB up to 128 GM each, mapped to ISO image file
Floppy Drives 1.44 Floppy drive mapped into display or ISO image drive
CD Drives CD/DVD-ROM drives mapped to physical drive or ISO image drive.
SCSI Drives Generic SCSI Support allows use of devices without the need of host OS drivers.
Sound Card AC'97-compatible sound card, Sound recording is supported
Serial Ports Up to three bi-directional parallel (LPT) ports mapped to output file
Up to four Serial (COM) Port mapped to a socket or to an output file
Ethernet© Cards Ethernet virtual network card compatible with RTL8029 bridged to Apple Ethernet or Apple Airport adapter, host-only networking or Mac Internet sharing; Wireless networking support
USB Ports 2-port USB controller 1.1 (USB 2.0 devices supported at speed close to native);
Support multi-interface & isochronous USB devices including USB Printers, Scanners, PDA's, Windows Mobile 2005 devices, Web Cameras, hard disk drives, and speakers.
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