How to Run Windows 10 on Mac with Parallels Desktop 11

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Fell troublesome to run Windows 10 on you Mac using Boot Camp? Why not try Parallels Desktop 11 to seamlessly transfer between Windows and Mac OS? Parallels Desktop for Mac is software providing hardware virtualization for Macintosh computers with Intel processors. Users can use OS X El Capitan and Windows 10 side by side without rebooting, including full support for Windows and Mac apps.

Here is the detailed instruction on how to install Windows 10 on your Mac:

1. Purchase a disc image or a USB for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Online Store.
2. Download Parallels Desktop 11 and install this application on your Mac.
3. Launch Parallels Desktop in the Application folder and choose New in File menu.

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4. To create a new virtual machine on you Mac OS, click on Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file in the wizard , and then click on Continue.

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5. Parallels Desktop will automatically detect the installation media, or you can choose the source for Win 10 installation by clicking on Locate manually button. After the installation file has been found, click Continue.

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6. As the Windows Product Key window pops up, leave Express installation selected (so that Parallels Tools can be installed automatically after initial Windows installation). Then input the product key of Win 10, and then click on Continue.
7. Choose Productivity or Games only as the primary use of your Windows virtual machine (see Virtual machine profiles in Parallels Desktop 11), and click on Continue.

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8. Then you can specify the name and location of your virtual machine in the Parallels Wizard, and then click on Continue to start the installation.

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9. Once the installation is finished, you can run Windows virtual machine by opening a Windows application, or by clicking the Power button in Parallels Desktop Control Center. Then Parallels Tools will be installed to allow seamless operation between Windows and OS X, and afterwards you will be prompted to restart Windows.

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After these steps you should be able to run Windows apps on your Mac OS.

If you have installed Windows using Boot Camp, you can set Parallels Desktop to run Windows from the Boot Camp partition, but this option has some limitations such as Windows cannot be paused, run in Safe Mode, or compressed. Alternatively, you can Import Windows and your data from Boot Camp into Parallels Desktop. In that case, the virtual machine is created using a separate virtual hard disk that stores an exact copy of the imported Boot Camp partition, and you can still use the original Boot Camp Windows installation separately from Parallels Desktop. How to do:

1. Launch Parallels Desktop and click on File > New in the Mac menu bar.
2. Select Use Windows from Boot Camp in Parallels Wizard and click on Continue.

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3. Follow onscreen instructions to set Parallels Desktop to work with Boot Camp.
4. Shut down the newly-installed virtual machine, right-click on Parallels Desktop icon in the dock and select Control Center to open the virtual machine list.
5. Right-click on My Boot Camp in the list and select Import Boot Camp option.

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6. Click on Import and specify the location you wanna store Windows and your data.

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Once the process is finished, your Windows and all the data will be imported from the Boot Camp physical partition into a virtual machine with a virtual hard disk. So that’s it. This post shows Mac users the approaches to run Windows 10 with Parallels Desktop 11 and to import Windows from Boot Camp to Parallels Desktop. Hope it is be of help for you. To get more Mac apps information, please click here.

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