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What You Need

To install and set up Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, you need:

  • A Mac computer with:
    • An Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better.

      Note: Parallels Desktop can only be installed on Intel-based Macs running the 64-bit kernel. Please see for more details.

    • At least 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)

      Note: Your Mac must have enough RAM memory to use Mac OS X and its applications plus the memory required for each additional operating system (and its programs) that you want to use simultaneously.

    • At least 850 MB of space available on the boot volume (the volume that has OS X) for Parallels Desktop installation
    • Enough free disk space for each virtual machine and its applications (at least 15 GB for each installation of Windows)
    • OS X Yosemite 10.10 or later, OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 or later

      To identify your computer's processor, memory, and OS X version, choose Apple menu > About This Mac.

    • Internet connection required for product activation, select features, and online updates
  • One of the following:
    • A Windows installation disc, or other installation media for the operating systems you want to use alongside OS X
    • An Internet connection to download and install freely available operating system such as Ubuntu or Google Chrome.
    • If you're using OS X Lion or later, you can set up a second copy of OS X to be used as a guest operating system alongside your main system, without having to purchase or download another copy of OS X.

    For a list of operating systems that Parallels Desktop supports for use with your Mac, see Supported Guest Operating Systems or go to

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