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Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac [Old Version]

Platform : Mac OS X
114 customer reviews

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  • 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
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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.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • 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 (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,128 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


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127 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Skeeter Harris on September 14, 2010
Format: Software
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 By iMe on November 27, 2010
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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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By FudMud85 on December 23, 2010
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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 By T. Darin on 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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