Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac - #1 App to Run Windows on your Mac - Electronic Download - Student Edition, 1 Year Sub, Academic Discount | Education Discount at
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Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac

Run Windows on Mac
Rated #1 ahead of Vmware Fusion by MacWorld!

  • Develop & test across multiple OSes in a virtual machine for Mac
  • Access Microsoft Office for Windows and Internet Explorer
  • Fast—run Windows apps without slowing down your Mac
  • Quickly move files, apps and more from a PC to a Mac

System Requirements

Operating System

macOS Monterey 12 (when released)
macOS Big Sur 11.1 or newer
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer
macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or newer


Apple M1 chip, Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon processor


4GB of RAM


500 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation


600 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation
Additional disk space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows 10)

Future Ready

Optimized for the latest Windows 10 updates and macOS Monterey, with a refreshed design, easier setup and much more. Parallels Desktop continues to stay up to date so you can keep working without interruption—even when a new macOS, Windows or Linux release pops up.


Native macOS Virtualization

In macOS Big Sur, Parallels Desktop offers an easier onboarding experience by using the native macOS system extensions instead of the deprecated kernel ones.

Support for macOS 12.0

Parallels Desktop 16 supports macOS Monterey 12 (when released)
macOS Big Sur 11.1 or newer
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer
macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or newer

New! Parallels Desktop 17 Features

Faster. Less Distractions. Enhanced Integration. Improved Graphics.


Stay Focused

If you enable Do Not Disturb in macOS, the Windows equivalent known as Focus Assist will automatically turn on in Windows 10 for a distraction-free, popup-free experience.

Disk Space

On the General tab of the virtual machine configuration, Windows may be set to automatically return all unused disk space to the Mac upon shutdown.


Longer Battery Life

Parallels Desktop helps to save battery life when your Mac is not plugged in.

In the improved Travel Mode, Windows consumes fewer computing and network resources, which results in up to 10% longer battery life.


Run More Applications

Parallels Desktop 16 delivers full support for OpenGL 3.3 Compatibility Profile to support more applications, including DIALux EVO 9, SAMSON Connect, ProPresenter 6, CLIN Check Pro, Rhino 6 and more.


Trackpad Gestures

Experience added support for the two-finger pinch gesture to rotate content in Windows 10 applications, such as Maps, Photos, Edge, and more. Zoom gesture has also improved to provide a smoother experience.



Up to 20% faster DirectX 11 graphics on Macs equipped with AMD Radeon graphics cards.

Get the world’s first Metal graphics support for macOS virtual machines. Run Mac apps like Maps, Pages, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and many others. Note: Metal graphics is supported for macOS Big Sur (and later) virtual machines if Parallels Desktop 16 is installed in macOS Big Sur (and later) as well.


Up to

Parallels Desktop application startup

Up to

Windows resume and quit



In one click, use and download the latest Linux distributives, including Ubuntu 20.04, CentOS 8, Fedora 32, and Debian 10. In Linux, you may now use more applications, including Steam, Firefox Quantum web browser, and enjoy better multimonitor support for the KDE window manager.

(Pro and Business editions)
For those who use Parallels virtual machines for software development, executing “git status” for Git repositories located in Linux shared folders has become up to 75% faster.


Configurable timer for auto pause

Now, in the Startup & Shutdown pane of virtual machine configuration, you may choose a time period of inactivity, after which Windows will pause.


Select Windows edition before installation

Installing Windows from an ISO image with multiple Windows editions is now fully automated. Parallels Desktop 16 will offer to select the desired Windows edition before the start of installation to eliminate manual entry of information related to edition, license key, etc.