parallels desktop 6 for mac Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac Review

Always fancied the idea of running your Windows programs on your Mac without rebooting? With virtualization technology, you can. There are a few products on the market that fit the bill, but which one to go with? Today, we are going to take a look at Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac, the latest version from Parallels.

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Since the introduction of the Intel-powered Macs in 2005, Mac users have the ability to natively run Microsoft Windows under Apple's Boot Camp. While that gives the best performance, it is still a tad troublesome as you need to boot in and out to whichever operating system (OS) you wish to run, and each OS is stored seperately under different partitions.

So what if you would like to access files that are present on your Mac with a Windows application? Or what if you want to open both Mac and Windows programs on the same desktop?

Hardware virtualisation is your answer and even though there are a few players in this field, Parallels is probably the name that will strike a bell in your mind. Being the first software product to bring mainstream virtualisation to Intel Macs, today we look at the company's latest offering.

To be honest, there are not many new features in this latest release, compared to its predecessor. But that does not mean there is nothing special about it. Probably the strongest point and most noticable difference you would notice right away in Parallels Desktop 6, is the unbelievable increase in performance. And it is simply astonishing.

Before we move on, here are system requirements for you to run Parallels Desktop on your Mac.

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac Requirements

Hardware Requirements
  • Any Macintosh computer with an Intel processor (1.66 GHz or greater). To run 64-bit operating systems in virtual machines, an Intel Core 2 or higher processor is required.
  • Minimum 1 GB of memory, 2 GB of memory is recommended.
  • About 500 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation.
  • About 15 GB of disk space for each virtual machine.
Software Requirements
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later
  • Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.8 or later

Note: Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.x is not supported in this version of Parallels Desktop.

To get information about your Mac OS X version, type of processor, and amount of memory, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu.

Supported Guest Operating Systems* 32-bit Operating Systems

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista® SP 0, SP 1, SP 2
  • Windows Server® 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server® 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Professional SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Home SP3, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6
  • Windows NT 4.0 Workstation SP6
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 3.11
  • MS-DOS 6.22
  • Red Hat Enterprise 5.x, 4.x
  • Fedora 14, 13, 12
  • Ubuntu 10.10, 10.04, 9.10, 9.04, 8.10
  • CentOS 5.x, 4.x
  • Debian 5.0
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11, 10 SP2
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
  • OpenSUSE Linux 11.x
  • Mandriva 2010, 2009
  • Solaris 10
  • Open Solaris 2009.06
  • FreeBSD 8.x, 7.x
  • OS/2® Warp 4.5, 4
  • eComStation™ 1.2
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x

64-bit Operating Systems

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista® SP 0, SP 1, SP 2
  • Windows Server® 2008 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows Server® 2003 R2, SP2, SP1, SP0
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Red Hat Enterprise 5.x
  • Fedora 14, 13, 12
  • Ubuntu 10.10, 10.04, 9.10, 9.04, 8.10
  • CentOS 5.x
  • Debian 5.0
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11, 10 SP2
  • Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
  • OpenSUSE Linux 11.x
  • Mandriva 2010, 2009
  • Solaris 10
  • Open Solaris 2009.06
  • FreeBSD 8.x,7.x
  • Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5.x
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server 10.6.x
* — Virtual machine operating systems – such as Windows, Linux, and Solaris – are not included.