Parallels Desktop for Mac Release Candidate Update now supports Mac Pro, new iMac

The Update Release Candidate (RC) of Parallels Desktop for Mac that gives Apple [Mac] users the ability to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as Mac OS X is now available.

The Update RC is upgraded with several major additions:
• Support for new quad-processor Mac Pro towers outfitted with up to 3.5GB of RAM
• This addition means that Parallels Desktop for Mac is now compatible with all Intel-powered Apple computers, which in addition to the Mac Pro includes the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Mini
• Compatibility with developer build of Mac OS X 10.5, code-named “Leopard”
• Experimental support for Windows Vista

The Update RC of Parallels Desktop for Mac also includes a number of other important upgrades, such as:
• Solaris guest OS no longer hangs after suspend/resume
• An improved Parallels Tools package
• Full support for OpenBSD 3.8 as a guest operating system
• G4U hard disk cloning tool now works in virtual machines

Other improvements & fixes that make Parallels Desktop even easier to use:
• Better video output improvement and acceleration
• Added multi interface USB devices support (including Windows Mobile 2005 devices)
• Added isochronous USB devices support (including WebCam devices)
• Minor USB fixes
• Keyboard support improvement: Eject CD key support, left/right Shift/Ctrl/Alt (Option)/Windows keys difference support
• Added virtual disk cache policy option: Mac OS X performance optimized or guest OS performance optimized
• Image Tool fixes
• Optimized disk cache policy for Suspend/Resume feature
• Windows ME Suspend/Resume fix
• Shared Folders first time access acceleration
• Clipboard synchronization tool fixes (unreadable symbols sometimes added during copy and paste)
• Sound playback and recording improvement
• Minor Full Screen mode fixes
• “Unable to allocate virtual memory” during virtual machine power on fix
• Minor GUI fixes and improvements
• Solaris doesn’t work with more than one virtual disk fix

The updated version is FREE for all existing Parallels Desktop for Mac users. If you’re new to Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can start using improved Parallels Desktop for Mac by downloading and installing the RC on a “clean” machine.

More info and download link here.


  1. AlexD

    For sure Notes runs, the wife is currently taking an online MBA course which is Notes based. And yes, I have contacted the institution (Athabasca University – not recommended) and expressed my displeasure especially after trying the Mac version of Notes which works fine on her Macbook but does not work with their database files because of some windows only embedded java and they offer ONLY windblows support. Grrr.


  2. The above states the Desktop RC is compatible with “all Intel-powered Apple computers”, but does not specifically list the Xserve. Does that mean it will, or won’t run on the Xserve? I ask because our organization’s idea of “server consolidation” is stuffing multiple instances of Windows server onto a single box using VMware or Microsoft Virtual Server.

    I wonder if it might be viable to run Apple Server with Desktop (or the pending EMC VMware counterpart), to support multiple Windows instances. As we’re hoping to see on the desktop, perhaps this might be a way to slowly wean the IT types over to the Apple foundation for those commonly offered services (file, directory, calendar, email, etc.)

    Finally, a question: Is there any counterpart in the OS X environment to the Terminal Services functionality found in Win 2000 and 2003 Server? If one can support multiple users accessing, say, Office 2004, Mathematica, a database app, etc. using a thin client running from a Windows box, that might be yet another way to bring OS X in, ironically through the *computer room*.

  3. Cad Man,

    I’ve used parallels with windows 2000 and autocade 2004. Yes, it does work, even with the 3d modeling. I have not tested it extensively, but did create a few shaded 3d objects and it seemed to render fast enough for use. As a dedicated cad station, it’s not quite there. Hopefully they will get 3d accelleration and usb 2.0 worked out soon.

  4. Yes I read the article and the title. I actually saw this on parallel’s website last night, but it doesn’t specificly say in the article that it will work on the Core 2 Duo iMacs, just the new Mac Pro. And before it worked on the Mac Pro it just said that you needed an Intel based Mac to run it, although the Mac Pro didn’t work and you had to go to the fourms and look to find out it didn’t. That is the only reason I ask. I am not going to take the headline as fact when it isn’t mentioned in the article.

    So because it used to say all Intel based Macs, but it didn’t include Mac Pro, and it didn’t state that; why would I trust the new sentence that said it works on Core 2 duo’s when they were only anounced two days ago?

    So my question is legit, and I read the article, many times in fact to make sure I didn’t miss it. It doesn’t any anything, so I’m assuming it doesn’t, although it might work because I’m not familar with how different Core 2 Duo’s and Core Duo’s run.

  5. This product apparently does not work with 4 GB or 8 GB of memory installed. Kernel panics have been reported. 3.5 GB is an odd number given that maximum performance results from adding additional memory in pairs.

  6. I’ve been using Parallel’s product since early beta on my black MacBook. It now works as expected on my Mac Pro without any problems (I just copied the .hdd from my MacBook to my Mac Pro, and the exact same environment came right up!) Windows 2000 now runs on my Mac Pro under Parallels faster than any PC I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a few!) Many thanks to Parallels, my Mac Pro is now the ultimate computer, and the finest the world has ever seen. PC? Is that a kind of computer? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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