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Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac Review in 2020

Written by John

Of course, there are different ways you can run Windows on Mac, it shouldn’t be new to you but if this is the first time you are hearing of this then today is your lucky day. Parallels Desktop is the fastest and friendliest way to run Windows apps on a Mac. Most Mac-Windows users make use of Parallels Desktop. Parallels Desktop allows you to experience as much or as little Windows as you want. The multiple view modes incorporated on its interface allow you to gain absolute full control of the level of integration between Mac and Windows. With programmers, designers, architects and other demanding professionals in mind Parallels Desktop gives you more processing power, up to 128 GB RAM and 32 vCPUs per virtual machine.

Windows 10 in Parallels Desktop

Easy to Use with Installation Assistant

Parallels begins by presenting a menu to create a new virtual machine or opening an existing one, unlike other virtualization machines that use an existing virtual machine in place. Unlike all other virtualization apps, Parallels doesn't expect you to have a Windows or Linux installer disk or disk image ready when you start it up, although it can use that image if you have one, this is what makes parallels desktop unique and special from all other virtualization software. Parallel's user-friendly menubar allows you to buy a registered version of the latest Windows 10 download directly from Microsoft, or you can always download a Windows 10 installer if you already have a license key.

Paralles Installation Assistant

Compatibility with existing Bootcamp

With Parallels desktop running, you don’t have to worry about your windows files in your Bootcamp. Parallels desktop is going to integrate the files and apps from your Bootcamp assistant. Not only that, but you can also bring in files from your Windows PC into your mac, this can be done via Parallels system-export utility on your Windows PC. You can use the export-utility to export files to Parallels via a network (slowly) or an external drive. A scrolling list at the foot of the menu lets you download specific versions of Linux or Android, install a virtual copy of macOS from your Mac's hidden recovery partition, or install Windows from a Boot Camp partition if you have one.

Unique features of Parallels Desktop 15

Parallels support a Snapshot feature that lets you save a guest system in one or more configurations that you know works well, and then restore a saved configuration after making changes in the system that you don't want to preserve. However, Parallels is unique in supplementing this feature with a Rollback option that automatically discards all changes to a system when you shut it down, so it works like a kiosk system, returning to its pristine condition every time you power it up. This feature can be invaluable in testing, or in environments like schools where users are liable to leave systems a lot messier than they found them. If you used Microsoft's long-abandoned Virtual PC app, you'll remember this feature, and will welcome its return in Parallels.

Run Windows 10 Applications on Mac

Another way Parallels goes overboard with its integration is its tendency to clutter up its dialogs and your Mac system with icons and folders that you probably don't want. For example, by default, it adds a folder full of Windows application to your Mac's dock, and a Parallels menu to Mac's menu bar—though you can turn these off by poking around the options and preferences windows. Some of Parallels' menus include links to a set of Mac-related utilities called the Parallels Toolbox; some of these utilities, like a quick disk-cleaning menu, are convenient, but you probably don't want all of them, and they have nothing to do with virtualization.

Mac's File in Windows Virtual Machine

By default when Parallels runs a Windows system, any files on your Mac desktop will also appear on your Windows desktop. This may sound convenient, but it's a feature that you might want to always turn off in Parallels' settings dialog. Another is that much of what I keep on my Mac desktops—like folders and apps—simply won't work when I click on them in Parallels' Windows desktop. Parallels tend to go overboard with integration features, turning them on by default whether you want them or not.

Amazing Speed and Graphics

One reason for Parallels' bootup speed advantage is that Parallels uses an emulated PC BIOS that supports the Fast Startup option, and the others don't. The speed difference isn't nearly as obvious when running Windows apps after the OS starts up, however. Parallels feel slightly faster than its rivals, but not drastically so. Fast as it is, Parallels won't satisfy hardcore gamers because Parallels, like VMware Fusion, only supports DirectX 10, while VirtualBox only supports DirectX 9. There's nothing that Parallels can do about this limitation, which is the result of Mac's limited support for OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) features.

Parallels Desktop – Saving Space and CPU storage like no other VMs

Another advantage Parallels Desktop has all over virtual machines (VMs) is the new Free Up Disk Space feature. Even though Parallels Desktop has been able to manually reclaim valuable storage space from individual virtual machines (VMs) for some time now, this option has been incorporated into a new window that also consolidate snapshots (which now take up 15 percent less space) and resume/shut down tasks, as well as the ability for Pro Edition subscribers to archive lesser-used VMs for even more savings.

Introduced in Parallels Desktop 15 is a Resource Monitor window. This is solely to keep real-time tabs on CPU and RAM usage for your Mac as well as all running VMs. With this in place, you will longer be left in the dark about which virtual machines are consuming precious system resources.

Just like other virtualization software, there is a user/home/standard version and there is also a pro version of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Parallels Desktop is a subscription-only product, so you'll have to pay $80 per year for the home-and-student version or $100 for the Pro Edition.

Parallels Desktop is the perfect tool for professionals and other users aiming to achieve diversity in the Operating Systems they use on their mac. It gives the ample opportunity not only to run the oldest and latest Windows with ease but also other operating systems.

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