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Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac [OLD VERSION]

by Nova Development US
Mac OS X
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Update to Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac with accelerated Windows 3D graphics, faster virtual machine performance, expanded USB device compatibility, improved Boot Camp support, Windows Beta 7 support and guest/host compatibility for Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  • Advanced virtualization engine with lightning-fast performance--use Windows on your Mac without rebooting
  • Run thousands of Windows applications at near native speed--Coherence 4.0 makes Windows programs run and act like Mac applications
  • Install Windows XP and Vista in 3 easy steps--drag and drop files between Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS X
  • Support for OpenGL and DirectX 9.0 3D graphics software including games
PLEASE NOTE: This new update to Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac delivers brand new features plus performance enhancements including accelerated Windows 3D graphics, faster virtual machine performance, expanded USB device compatibility, improved Boot Camp support, Windows Beta 7 support, and guest/host compatibility for Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001K6OEV4
  • Item model number: WHMT
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,700 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

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With more than 1 million users worldwide, the award-winning Parallels Desktop for Mac is easier than ever to use with its brand new Mac user interface and lightning-fast performance. This new version is packed with dozens of new features that make running Windows programs on a Mac completely seamless.

Coherence 4.0 makes Windows programs run and act like Mac applications. Click to enlarge.

Run Mac OS X and Windows side-by-side. Click to enlarge.

Comprehensive internet security and privacy tools. Click to enlarge.

Performance and Innovation Make Parallels #1. Now Includes More than 50 Powerful New Features! Click to enlarge.

Product Update
This new update to Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac delivers brand new features plus performance enhancements including accelerated Windows 3D graphics, faster virtual machine performance, expanded USB device compatibility, improved Boot Camp support, Windows Beta 7 support and guest/host compatibility for Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

New Features in Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac

  • DirectX 9.0 with Shaders Model 2 Support: Get smoother visuals for your 3D games and graphics programs.
  • Seamlessly Start: Instantly launch Windows in Coherence mode on your Mac desktop for faster access.
  • Apple Remote Disk Support: Access shared CD/DVD drives on another Mac from Windows, especially if you're running Windows on your MacBook Air.
  • Windows 7 Beta Support: Preview the next version of Windows as a guest OS.
  • Windows in Mac Dock: Open Windows files even faster by dragging them to Mac apps in Mac Dock.
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard Support: Test drive Snow Leopard as a guest and a host OS
  • Plus additional performance and general enhancements, such as:

    • Improved USB device connectivity
    • Enhanced Coherence OS integration
    • Accelerated Windows 3D Graphics
    • Improved Boot Camp support
    • Better overall virtual machine performance

Run Windows on Your Mac the Easy Way. Right Alongside Mac OS X.
Parallels Desktop for Mac makes it possible to run Windows XP or Vista, Linux, and more side-by-side with Mac OS X without rebooting. With Parallels' award-winning virtualization technology, you can run Mac OS X and your favorite Windows applications at the same time. You can even drag-and-drop files between desktops! Launch Windows applications like Mac applications--right from your Mac's dock.

Parallels Desktop for Mac 4.0 is the biggest upgrade ever with over 50 new features. It also comes with a complete suite of essential tools you need to run Windows on a Mac. Parallels Desktop now ships with $175 in bonus software including Kaspersky Internet Security, Acronis Disk Director and Acronis True Image.

Lightning-fast performance
Parallels Desktop takes advantage of Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors and Intel VT-x hardware accelerated virtualization, for near-native speed and rock-solid performance. With support for up to 8 GB RAM, 2TB virtual hard disks and up to 4 CPUs, Parallels Desktop for Mac delivers maximum performance.

Unmatched Compatibility
Enjoy all the benefits of having a Mac and keep running the Windows programs you can't live without. Parallels Desktop for Mac runs thousands of Windows applications and is compatible with your favorite USB devices including mobile phones, printers, scanners and GPS devices. With Parallels Desktop you can run any version of Windows, including Vista and XP, as well as Linux, FreeBSD, even MS-DOS, at the same time as OS X! Parallels also supports running Mac OS X Leopard Server in a virtual machine.

Remotely manage your Parallels virtual machine with our Free iPhone App. Click to enlarge.

Comprehensive Protection and Privacy
Parallels Internet Security by Kaspersky protects your Windows programs from virus and spyware threats and even includes a firewall and anti-spam tools. Parallels Desktop also includes SmartGuard instant "snapshots" which make backup and recovery easier than ever.

Additional Features

  • Advanced virtualization engine with lightning-fast performance
  • Use Windows on your Mac without rebooting
  • Install Windows XP and Vista in 3 easy steps
  • Coherence 4.0 makes Windows programs run and act like Mac applications
  • Run thousands of Windows applications at near native speed
  • Support for OpenGL and DirectX 9.0 3D graphics software including games
  • Drag and drop files between Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS X.
  • Parallels Energy Saver maximizes notebook battery life
  • Built-in Windows virus and spyware protection
  • Migrate your existing PC to your Mac. Even import Boot Camp partitions and VMware Fusion virtual machines.
  • Use iPhone to manage virtual machines
  • Speech recognition support. Use your voice to control major Parallels commands.
  • Unmatched Ease of Use

Includes $175 in Essential Windows Software

  • Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 protects against virus and spyware threats, plus firewall and antispam. $79.99 value

  • Acronis TrueImage Home backup and recovery software for Windows. $49.99 value (display image7.jpg)

  • Acronis Disk Director Suite disk partitioning software for Windows. $49.95 value (display image8.jpg)

With more than 1 million users worldwide, the award-winning Parallels Desktop for Mac is the #1 Mac System Utility.*

90 Day Money Back Guarantee
If you are not completely satisfied with Parallels Desktop for Mac for any reason, you may return the software directly to Nova Development within 90 days of purchase for your money back.

*No. 1 claim based on NPD Techworld Reports for the period 8/1/06 - 8/31/08. Reviews and awards cited may be for previous versions of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Windows operating system sold separately.

Product Description

Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac makes it easy to run Windows, Linux, and more side-by-side with Mac OS X without rebooting. With Parallels¿ award winning virtualization technology, you can run Mac OS X and critical Windows applications such as Outlook, Access, QuickBooks, Internet Explorer and more, all at the same time. This new release of Parallels Desktop for Mac comes packed with 50+ new features and enhancements including the ability to drag-and-drop files between desktops, run Windows programs like native Mac applications and migrate your existing PC to your Mac. And with the Installation Wizard to help you get started, you¿ll be up and running in just three clicks of the mouse!

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141 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parallels over VMWare Fusion and VirtualBox April 17, 2009
By P. Lau
Verified Purchase
I have been a Windows user for 25 years and I have made the leap and replaced my Dell laptop with a MacBook. I am an application developer on the PC and Unix platform, and thus I run a lot of industry strength development packages and tools. I use Virtual PC to host different server environments on my Vista desktop, and on my laptop I run all kinds of server applications, from a Sybase database to a WebLogic web server. So when it came time for me to move to a Mac as my mobile platform, I needed a virtual environment for environment. With the adance of hardware assisted virtualization, now is the time.

I tried three virtualization packages - the Sun VirtualBox, VMWare Fusion, and Parallels. After hours experimentation and testing, I have decided on Parallels. Here are my findings.

VirtualBox is just not for prime time, lots of graphics corruption right out of the box. For instance, when you switch from full screen Windows to the OS X desktop, some of the Windows desktop would be left on the screen, obscuring the OS X screen. The interaction between the Windows desktop and the OS X desktops is not as seamless as that provided by Fusion and Parallels, and numerous other little things that detract from the overall user experience. So even though VirtualBox is free, it's not worth what I need to put up with.

VMWare Fusion and Parallels are actually very similar in how they work, and I don't see any difference in terms of performance. But after extensive usability testing I have found that Parallels gets more of the little things right. And it's the little things, the attention to details, that differentiates the excellent from the merely good.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars vastly improved, speedier, many useful features April 23, 2009
Parallels Desktop for Mac version 4 is a major upgrade, yet, same price as previous version. I had issues with the speed of version 3, but no more provided you have sufficient RAM ( 2+).

It installs effortlessly, in my case I was upgrading, and it was easy, saved all my doc's that were on my Windows XP Pro deskstop, and creates Virtual Machines of BootCamp and Windows XP that I had installed. Then it goes thru a well done video tutorial or you can just go to work. I had issues on my iMac, new in March '09 with installing the new HP Wireless printer. I tried the online database from Parallels, and it wasn't too good helping me. So next I tried a Tech Support person from India, who's knowledge of Windows and Mac were mediocre. Rather than a simple check list of things we could go through, he waste much time, and in the end, didn't fix the issue, so daily new emails came to me to try things, finally, I asked a fellow Alaskan Apple Users Grp member for assistance. He had it fixed and installed in half hour. Part of the problem was that Parallels includes a Virus software free, with a yearly subscription of updates, and it was installed, and it's built in Firewall, was stopping the printer drivers from being installed correctly.

The many new features of Parallels v 4 are important to note. First of all, you'll see how much quicker it loads after it's revised and much improved 3 click installation that detected my Windows XP, and you can click it's icon in the dock where you can access Windows programs or your Mac apps. Another feature I liked was drag and drop between Windows or Mac, like attaching a doc to Outlook Express or Mail. The ability to open files in either platform was good.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed at how seamless this program works February 3, 2009
I recently upgraded from a workhorse Win98 PC home system that I've had for nearly a decade to a new iMac. (I've used Macs at my place of business for years, so was familiar with them and shared files between systems fairly seamlessly.)

Since I had some legacy software and hardware that I didn't want to re-purchase and upgrade (or were simply not available for Mac), I had Windows XP pre-installed with Parallels Desktop at the time I purchased my iMac. (I also upgraded the RAM memory to 4 Gigs.)

I am experienced enough to be skeptical about the claims of software out of the box. But because of Parallels, my migration from my Win98 system to my new iMac has been amazingly painless, straightforward and seamless. (Obviously, whoever installed the system set it up exactly as I needed it to be configured).

In addition to getting my old Quickbooks 2001 and Quicken 2003 software to run perfectly fine within Windows XP on the system, I even got an 11x17 scanner that was only compatible with Windows to work perfectly on the first try in the new system, and an old Epson printer that had no Mac drivers can print from both the Mac and Windows sides!! (I did track down some Mac drivers thanks to a community of software people who are committed to creating drivers for all printers for all operating systems.)

It runs seamlessly in the background, and I am able to share folders and files back and forth with no problem. I have a lot of memory, but I only open Parallels and Windows when I need it, I don't open it automatically at startup.

I'm so happy that the advent of Intel chip Macs and great software like Parallels has made the Mac/PC divide virtually non-existent!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A late review. I'm now on version 8.
I continue to use this product and find that older versions don't always get the best service. However, if you are persistent, the company will service older versions. Read more
Published 16 months ago by chiefsmoke
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
Parallels is a poor and even worse, expensive product. It worked fine at first, but one year later my virtual machine won't even start. Read more
Published on February 16, 2011 by S. Paghetti
2.0 out of 5 stars Freezes Mac at times
It works OK, but at times my Mac does freeze. It's useful if you must run PC software on a Mac, but otherwise your better off running PC software on a PC. Read more
Published on June 1, 2010 by David Gableman
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow, version 4 is not worth the upgrade, beware of advertised rebates
I used v3 for a year and a half and I was happy because it delivered the goods for basic jobs. I decided to upgrade and the result couldn't have been worst : the software is slow... Read more
Published on January 29, 2010 by Catala
1.0 out of 5 stars Only problems, So slow.
I have used previous versions of Parallels and version 4 was by far was the worst. It was incredibly slow on a brand new Mac and I was never able to get it running smoothly. Read more
Published on January 7, 2010 by SkiAddict
5.0 out of 5 stars working well for me
I'm using Parallels to run Windows XP inside of an iMac with 4GB memory, latest Mac OS X. Works very well for me. Read more
Published on December 21, 2009 by Erik Neumann
4.0 out of 5 stars Parallels 4 is Much Faster than Parallels 3, But Parallels 5 Just Came...
Parallels 4 is much faster than Parallels 3. MUCH faster. But Parallels 5 came out four days after I purchased Parallels 4. Parallels has a "free upgrade" offer. Read more
Published on November 27, 2009 by RSC - Nyack, NY
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Product works okay but was disappointed that I purchased it and almost immediately Vers 5 came out. I was given no indication that this was coming when I made the purchase and was... Read more
Published on November 21, 2009 by jc
1.0 out of 5 stars The worse piece of software I've ever owned
I have to admit I fell victim to Apple's cool commercials and felt I was finally able to "move over to a Mac". Read more
Published on November 16, 2009 by Thomas C. Garland
1.0 out of 5 stars Virtually unusable
I can't believe I paid money for this. I bought it so that I can use Excel macros because Mac doesn't support macros. I installed Windows XP and my old copy of Microsoft Office. Read more
Published on November 13, 2009 by Lynn 56
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