• 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Woodside

    Be aware that if you update to a new OS version, you will have to buy a new version every year, i.e., Parallels Desktop 7 will not work with Mavericks. In the end, it turns out to be a very expensive software. Wish they would have better customer support and offer at least one version update for free.
    The software itself works although there are minor issues with the DVD drive and other stuff. I would give it four stars.

    185 of 195 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best program for running Windows on a Mac

    • Written by from New Hope

    Parallels 9 is the best program for running Windows programs on a Mac. Switching between Mac and Windiws programs requires jus one mouse click. Switch back and forth as many times as you want,with no problems. Beats Apple's boot camp hands down! Does not slow down any program on the Mac, and the Windows programs run flawlessly. The only issue is having to use the Windows operating system, but that has nothing to do with Parallels.

    75 of 82 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Parallels works better the more current/powerful your Macintosh is

    • Written by

    About a year ago I had to rebuild my laptop on which I had installed a bootcamp partition in addition to my Apple OS. I had installed drivers on both sides that allowed each to read each others' files, but I had to reboot the laptop to move between the Windows and Apple OSs. After sitting down with a genius bar specialist, we came up with a solution to let both OSs read each other's files within a single partition by using Parallels. The only problem was that I was installing it in my five-year-old MacBook Pro. I had upped the hard-drive and memory as far as I could, but was still limited by the processor's speed. It wasn't until this June, when by the happy confluence of my birthday and Father's day being only a week apart, that I got a new MacBook Air. I transferred my disk data (using a Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter, which I highly recommend), and after adjusting a few settings, my systems now purr along, and I no longer wait for what seemed the eternities for the system to make the switches. Now If I could only reclaim an unneeded partition within the Parallels virtual machine I'd be set!

    49 of 54 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from West Orange

    I have used Parallels for years now with fantastic success. The latest version 9 is a great add-on to their previous versions and am having great success using it with Windows 8 and OSX Mavericks. I highly recommend this product if you need to run both Windows and OSX at the same time!

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    working with parallels and bootcamp

    • Written by from copperas cove

    My husband and I are in the military IT fields and we use many products that are windows based, we bought apple laptops last year but have had to keep our desktop pc because of work. we have had parallels running on bootcamp for about two months and love it. we are now looking to replace our desktop with the mac desktop and are forever grateful parallels allowed us to do so.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It Now Allows Transition from Windows to the Mac

    • Written by from Cape Coral

    This new version allows you to move the mouse in both environments (Windows and the Mac) when using two screens without having to leave either. It is also noticeably faster and I can cut and paste between both environments.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Using Windows XP and Windows 7in a Mac Environment

    • Written by from Needham

    I am a Mac Pro user who needs to use Quicken and Quickbooks in Windows 7 and I have an excellent HP Scanner which is no longer supported by either OS 10.7 or Windows 7, but I am able to use it in Windows XP. I can do all of these things simultaneously while my Mac is running in OS.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best way to run other operating systems on your Mac

    • Written by from Chapel Hill

    Parallels is the fastest, most stable, best integrated way to run a wide variety of operating systems on your Mac. I use it to run my Windows XP and later Windows 7 work environments in a stock company config to access Windows-only business applications. I also use it for my hobby development work on Linux and FreeBSD. It's faster and smoother than VMware!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Windows on a Mac!

    • Written by from Lake Forest

    I teach MS Office products at a Community College and found that I needed to utilize my Mac Book Pro more efficiently. Since the MS Office suite is developed differently for each platform, I purchased Parallels which allowed me to run my Win 7 Ultimate OS on the MAC seamlessly. Now my notebook system is running perfectly in either the OSX or Win7 mode, switching back and forth as needed. What a fantastic and cost efficient product! Now I have 2 notebooks in one. Highly recommend this product for anyone wanting to get the best of both OS worlds!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One Word: Brilliant

    • Written by from Winchendon

    One year ago, I moved from a Windows-based environment into a mixed Mac- and Windows-based environment. My entire 10+ year IT career was built on the Windows OS, from 98 to Windows 8. With a company-provided Mac in my backpack, I thought I could completely make the cut. Alas, I still needed to support various Windows OS flavors, including Windows 8, in an Active Directory environment. Enter, Parallels. I have found Parallels to be nothing short of a brilliant and seamless integration with my Mac. The user experience I was lacking from the world of Windows was magically brought onto the desktop of my Mac. This product is well worth the money, and has paid serious dividends in simplifying my day-to-day life.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Product

    • Written by from Washington

    Parallels 9 is an excellent product that I highly recommend. I would give it a full five stars if the developers would do something about the product registration screen popping up EVERY time I restart it. I've registered my product at least a dozen times already. Not cool!

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parallels for Mac

    • Written by from Florham Park

    I needed to run a windows only software on my MacBook Pro
    Parallels is the answer. It makes moving from Winds to Mac OS seamless and easy.
    Great Product, Love it

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parallels just works

    • Written by from MONTEREY

    I use Parallels at work, so I can provide tech support for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 for the campus.
    At home I use Parallels to run Windows XP on my MacMini, and Windows 7 on my Macbook Air.
    I have been using Parallels for many years, it just works, and that's what makes the big difference.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No reason now not to buy a Mac

    • Written by from Warminster

    Having been a PC owner all my life the Mac impressed me with quality and simplicity. However unfortunately the software is still limited especially more technical titles like MS Project or VISIO. Not only does Parallels run windows seamlessly but in coherence mode you wouldn't know that windows was running in the background at all. Each Windows program opens as if it were native OS X. As an IT professional, this is one essential piece of software for all but the most basic mac user.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    amazing to see better performance than with Bootcamp

    • Written by from Portland

    The explanation for Parallels outperforming Bootcamp is pretty simple: rather than an Apple side-project Parallels is a full-time job for some great developers.

    Along with great performance, it offers amazing convenience: it's super easy to move files, share the clipboard, and swap into Windows applications or the desktop.

    As a software engineer, I evaluate tools carefully before making them part of my daily routine. I have no hesitation recommending Parallels to all my co-workers

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parallels my needs and expectations

    • Written by from Independence

    I continue to be impressed with Parallels on my iMac. I was able to install my old Adobe programs and was pleasantly surprised with the ease and that I was able to pick up on projects from my XP Windows computer.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parallels Is Super

    • Written by from SARASOTA

    When I made the switch from PC to PC I was concerned about running several programs for which there is no Mac equivalent. After reading numerous reviews, I settled on Parallels. Good choice! It was super easy to install, and the switch between Mac and PC has been seamless and flawless. I use programs on both sides of the great divide daily, and could not be happier with the job Parallels has done.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with OSX Mavericks and Windows 7 Professional

    • Written by from Bentonville

    I use Parallels - Windows 7 Professional to run Corel Draw and integration of a laser engraving machine for our small business. It has run perfectly and the upgrade to OS X Mavericks went without a hitch. This combination lets us have all the versatility of our Macs and still run the unique software demands of the engraving industry.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Program just works!

    • Written by from Durham

    I have not had any problems with the last few versions of Parallels ... at least not for running any version of windows under Mac OSX. Support for sharing files and copy and paste when running Linux applications under Mac OSX appears to always lag versions -- I have tested many versions of Ubuntu, Suse, Fedora, Mint and, most recently, Pear Linux.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gets the job done

    • Written by from Lumberton

    I work for a phone and security company. The programming software is all windows so being able to just load up win7 in Parallels is great and is such a breeze. I've also been using it to test out the new Mac OS Mavericks.

    3 of 3 people found this useful