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Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac [Old Version]

by Parallels Software
Mac OS X
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews) 4 answered questions


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Product Features

  • Software for seamlessly running Windows applications on a Mac--without rebooting
  • Easily move old PC to a Mac; install a fresh copy of Windows on your Mac with just 3 clicks
  • Run Windows and Mac OS X with its applications side-by-side; make Windows look and feel like a Mac
  • Instantly access data on Mac or Windows or connect external USB device and choose connection
  • Remotely access Windows on Mac with the Parallels Mobile iPhone/iPad app
Attention Customers: Due to changes in Lion (Mac OS 10.7) and Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.8), Parallels Desktop 6 is not compatible with Mountain Lion. Parallels Desktop 8 solves this and offers you the latest features. To find more support, please visit Parallels Technical Support.


System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0041DVQ8M
  • Item model number: PDFM6XL-BX1-EN
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 23, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,767 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.com

The award-winning Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac is the # 1 choice of millions of customers worldwide to seamlessly run Windows applications on a Mac -- without rebooting

Just because you need to work with PC programs doesn't mean you have to do it on a PC. Parallels, the company that originally gave users the flexibility to work any way they want, introduces Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac, the most talked-about, award-winning way to seamlessly run Windows applications on a Mac.

Seamlessly run Windows applications on a Mac -- without rebooting.

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac
Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac
Features:
  • Just 3 clicks and a fresh copy of Windows is installed on your Mac. Moving your old PC to a Mac is a breeze
  • Seamlessly run Windows and Mac OS X with its applications side-by-side and benefit from the best-in-class integration and make Windows look and feel more Mac-like.
  • Instantly access your data either on Mac or Windows or just connect your external USB device and choose if you want it connected to Windows or Mac.
  • Remotely access your Windows on Mac with the Parallels Mobile iPhone/iPad app
  • Give your Mac a Windows 3D experience that's unlike anything else with support for Open GL 2.1, DirectX 9c/9Ex Shader Model 3 together with 5.1 surround sound for gaming, music, movies or 3D applications

Windows on Mac, Smarter

The possibilities are endless when you can drag-and-drop files or copy-and-paste content between Windows and Mac. And it's simple to view and control Windows programs in Expose and Spaces or launch the Windows Start menu or Windows applications right from the Dock

The new Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac delivers an unprecedented 80+ new features and enhancements designed with the Mac user in mind.

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac
Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac


  • New: Enjoy full control and access of your Windows applications on your Mac on-the-go with the Parallels Mobile App for your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
  • New: Immerse yourself in your favorite game or watch videos and movies with 5.1 surround sound
  • New: Don't worry about learning Windows keyboard shortcuts. Use OS X shortcuts to make Windows applications work the way you want.
  • New: the full 64-bit engine lets you take advantage of all the capabilities of your 64-bit Mac for the fastest performance yet
  • New: protect your data from being stolen by using encryption for your Windows applications and data and receive complimentary anti-virus protections from Kaspersky for both, Mac and Windows
  • Faster than ever: Boot Windows 41% faster and enjoy 3D graphics nearly 40% faster than the previous version

Easy to set up, easy to use
Get your Windows up and running on your Mac in no time at all. Move your existing Windows PC to a Mac or install a fresh copy of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 in just 3-clicks

The fastest just got faster
Enjoy 3D graphics nearly 40% better and booting Windows is 41% faster than the previous version. From your productivity programs, 3D graphics applications to playing the latest PC games - no compromise in the speed at which your programs perform

More Mac-Like Appearance
Work the way that’s best for you with a custom blend how much Windows and Mac you want. Use Apple gestures in Windows apps, map your keyboard shortcuts or use Apple Remote to control Windows apps. Even use OS X keyboard shortcuts in Windows applications

Brilliant graphics, perfect sound
Give your Mac a Windows 3D graphics experience that’s unlike anything else! Support for DirectX 9.0c/9Ex Shader Model 3.0 along with 5.1 surround sound create a powerful graphics experience and immersive environment for gaming, music and movies

Unmatched Compatibility

Run literally thousands of Windows applications like Microsoft Office, Outlook, Access, Project or programs like Quicken, Quick Books, AutoCAD, Revit, Corel Draw and many, many more -- all at near native speed on your Mac, and of course without rebooting.
Never compromise! From PC-only productivity software to graphic intense applications and games, the new Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac has you covered.

Why is Parallels Desktop for Mac the #1 choice if customers worldwide?

Parallels defined the category to run Windows on Mac without rebooting. Parallels Desktop for Mac has always been designed and developed with the Mac user in mind. Parallels invented unique technologies that defined the way you work using two operating systems and its applications side-by-side, without compromising performance, like:

  • Coherence -- integrating the operating system instead of isolating it
  • Fast-Lane Architecture -- enhancing user speed and performance to improve user experience
  • Multi-touch trackpad gestures that allow you to navigate through Windows applications like Mac applications
  • With Crystal Mode Windows applications look like Mac applications
  • Support for Aero and Flip 3D for a full Windows 7 experience on Mac
  • Access to Windows applications on the Mac with the Parallels Mobil iPhone/iPad App, available in the iTunes store

Who is Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac for?

Whether you are a home user, a business professional, a student, a passionate gamer or your company plans to work with Mac or already has Mac. With Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac you simply get the fastest, smartest and most powerful way to run Windows on your Mac without rebooting.

Includes complimentary essential Windows Software

  • Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 for Windows
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac
  • Acronis True Image Home 2010 for backup and recovery for Windows
  • Acronis Disc Direktor 2011 Home disk partitioning software for Windows

We got Developers and Administrators covered!

Virtualize today's leading server OSs (Leopard Server, Snow Leopard Server and Windows Server 2008/2003) in a guest environment and take advantage of enhanced business-class functionality (PXE boot, clone VM tools & CLI and scripting support) to address a wider-range of development and testing needs -- without adding new hardware.
Benefit from:

  • A full 64-bit engine
  • Suspend of Boot Camp partition
  • Windows filter paravirtualization
  • SATA support for non-Windows guests
  • Paravirtualized e1000 driver for Linux and Windows guests
  • Virtual machine encryption
  • NX/XD bit support in virtual machines

With Millions of customers worldwide, the award-winning Parallels Desktop for Mac is the Nr. 1 choice of customers to run Windows on Mac -- without rebooting

*3D and graphics performance tests conducted with 3DMark 2006 Professional. Select tests by Crimson Consulting Group, July 2010.

Product Description

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac is simply the fastest, smartest and most powerful way to run Windows applications on a Mac, even the most demanding graphical ones, side by side without rebooting. You can even access your Windows programs from your iPad/iPhone with our Parallels Mobile app. No wonder customers have made Parallels number one.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
127 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parallels Desktop 6 - A Solid and Mature Release September 14, 2010
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Length: 9:41 Mins
Parallels Desktop 6 continues to improve on an already stellar product through a full 64bit implementation bringing enhanced performance, expanding PC Hardware support and simple ease of use. Parallels sets the standards for virtualization software and pushes the gap even further apart from other virtualization solutions. In this video I discuss the user interface, new features to version 6, and overall performance and perspectives on their latest version.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best for Running VM's November 27, 2010
By iMe
Format:Software
One of the benefits of running a Mac is the ability to run our favorite OS, Snow Leopard, and have the ability to run others, such as most versions of Linux (which I've tried and don't like - sorry) and really all versions of Windows. Sure, we can use Boot Camp, which has been shipping as part of the Mac OS for some time, and simply boot Windows separately; however, most of the time it may make more sense to run Windows and OS X hand in hand. Such a time can be when we have the Mac version of Adobe's CS suite, and perhaps some Mac exclusive software, but still need to work with Windows only software, such as Visio, VIsual Studio, or SQL - just to name a few.

There are a few options, with VMware and Parallels perhaps being the most popular, and I have used both. VMware was my favorite since the first version, and I have had versions 2 and 3 as well. VMware does get the job done; however one day I ran into an issue. At work we use Microsoft's Virtual PC (for Windows), and having a Mac I had to move all the virtual images into my machine so I could work and explore at home or on the go. I was unable to move the images and use them with VMware, so I figured I would give Parallels a try and downloaded the trial version. Parallels was able to recognize and accept the images that had been used with VirtualPC without any issues. There were images that ranged from 15-80GB, the contained Windows XP, VIsta and 7, as well as Windows Server 2003 and 2008 R2 - each image containing different beta pre-release software, SharePoint 2007 Enterprise (MOSS), SharePoint 2003 (WSS), SSIS ad SSRS (SQL stuff) configurations (although some images were basic, just running Office or VIsual Studio).
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! September 16, 2010
Format:Software
I am a recent Parallels 5.0 user. I am amazed at how much better Parallels is than Vmware and have been very happy with it so far, including the speed. I used to carry around a small Dell laptop to give demos to clients but now all I need is my Mac. Very happy. But for all you Amazon shoppers, my advice is to buy 5.0 since it's so much cheaper and you get an automatic free upgrade to 6.0. It's crazy to pay full price when you can get it for less. It's even cheaper than the $49 Parallels wanted to charge my friend for an upgrade. All in all, very happy so far with 6.0 and definitely recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Installing Windows 7 for iMac December 23, 2010
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
Parallels Desktop 6 makes it really, really easy to install Windows on the iMac. I tried installing Windows 7 on the iMac without Parallels (using Bootcamp), and after getting the infamous black screen (indicating lack of proper drivers), struggling with how to reboot into the Mac OS without Windows starting automatically, and scheduling a call with Apple Help, I installed Parallels Desktop 6 to see if it would help. It did. I wound up uninstalling Windows and then reinstalling it with Parallels, because it makes it so easy, and it then allowed the iMac to reboot using the Mac OS and not Windows. So, if you want to install Windows on the iMac, forget Bootcamp. Just install Parallels Desktop 6, then use it to install Windows. MUCH easier, faster, and less stress!
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87 of 106 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst upgrade and tech support! September 30, 2010
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Being a previous user or Parallels version 1-5, I thought it was a no-brainer to upgrade to Version 6. Boy was I wrong!!
I'm still running Windows XP, which they say they still support fully. I followed their directions to a T to do the upgrade from version 5 to 6.
As soon as the virtual machine was upgraded and Parallels Tools were installed, my mouse and keyboard stopped working.
Being an IT professional, I thought I could fix it. Wow....Not even close! After trying everything I could think of, including a Windows Repair from the boot CD, nothing would make it work. So, i called "tech support." Yes, I put that in quotes because their tech support is just plain awful! First, you have to create a case, then wait on hold for 30-40 minutes. Once your call has been routed to Bangkok, you get the privilege of talking to someone who barely speaks English. This is Tier 1 support. After going through his checklist of items, none of which I could do since I couldn't navigate in Windows, the guy ends up hanging up on me! So I called back. After another 45 minutes, the Tier 1 guy said he would transfer me to Tier 2. That transfer resulted in another hangup. Call #3, and 40 minutes later, I get to the Tier 1 department and immediately ask to be transferred to Tier 2. Hoping that Tier 2 would have a better grasp of the English language, the call goes through to another guy in Bangkok. I ask if they have anyone in the US and I'm told no. So we try for almost an hour to resolve the problem. I think Mr. Tier 2 had the same checklist as Mr. Tier 1. Finally, in his own language I hear him talking to someone else who then asks to do a remote session. Reluctantly, I do it and spend another 90 minutes with them trying to figure it out, which they don't.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but there is a better choice
The virtual machine is slow on my MacBook. Apple's Boot Camp software works better but you can not switch back and forth as easily.
Published 4 months ago by Michael L. Atkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars So So
I did not get what I wanted from this product no matter how many times I tried it's not easy you need to be a computer nerd still can't use it
Published 7 months ago by BETZAIDA VELEZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great, this product does exactly what it says it does. Main thing to keep in mind is that every time your OS updates, you need to buy a new copy. Read more
Published 8 months ago by biker
4.0 out of 5 stars A good upgrade to my Mac laptop
Easy to install and runs without problems.Makes running Windows much easier.A good value for the money and well worth it
Published 8 months ago by Mr P Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
This is a great product - it was easy to install - a bit of a learning curve but once you 'get' it - it's great!
Published 11 months ago by C. Richter
5.0 out of 5 stars Parallels
Works great but slow to load. The windows operates normally on my Mac. I can run programs that are only built for windows on my Mac.
Published 16 months ago by preciseair
3.0 out of 5 stars fair
i like this program can combine both mac and pc in the same screen, no need to open a small window nor use full screen. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jose L. Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Works very well
This was easy to install and works very well. I have been very happy with Parallels. Their customer service is very helpful, especially since they can connect right to my... Read more
Published 20 months ago by mitch harris
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste!!!
This purchase was a waste of money. Once I bought Parallels 6, the new version 7 came out and when I upgraded my Mac operating system, it no longer works. Read more
Published 22 months ago by s
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't get it! It's a sham!
I was running Parallels 6, and upgraded my Mac from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. As soon as I did, my Windows partition STOPPED working. Read more
Published on August 13, 2012 by BDMJ
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