Previous page

Next page

Locate page in Contents

Print this page

Creating a New Virtual Machine

If you want to create a new Parallels virtual machine, use New Virtual Machine Assistant. This assistant can work in four modes:

This guide provides you with the instructions on creating a virtual machine in the Default mode. For the instructions on creating virtual machines in Typical, Custom, or Express Windows modes, refer to Parallels Desktop User's Guide.

Before creating a virtual machine in the Default mode, make sure that you have an operating system installation disc or its image.

Note: Parallels Desktop doesn't provide you with the operating system installation discs and their images. You should purchase the installation disk or its image if you do not have any.

To create a new virtual machine:

  1. When you opened Parallels Desktop for the first time, you can launch New Virtual Machine Assistant from the welcome window by clicking the Run Windows on your Mac or Start using Parallels Desktop buttons. Afterwards, you will be able to launch it from the menu by choosing File > New Virtual Machine or from Virtual Machines Directory by clicking the Add button VM_directory_New .
  2. In the Introduction window, click Continue to proceed with the virtual machine creation.
  3. Parallels Desktop will try to automatically determine the type and version of your operating system. In the Operating System Detection window, specify the source of installation files and click Continue. You can specify the following types of installation media:

    Default Installation Mode - Detecting Operating System

    If you click Skip Detection, you will be prompted to choose between the Express Windows, Typical, and Custom modes of creating a virtual machine.

  4. In the Detected System window, specify the information necessary for the installation of the detected operating system.

    Default Installation Mode - Specifying Information

    If you click the Advanced button, you can set the number of CPUs and the amount of RAM of your future virtual machine. Click Continue.

  5. In the next step, you should define the main parameters for your virtual machine:

    To specify additional settings, expand the More Options area.

    Default Installation Mode - Specifying Location

    If you click the Advanced button, you can set the number of CPUs and the amount of RAM of your future virtual machine. Click Create.

  6. After the virtual machine is created, in the Prepare to Install Operating System window, click Start to begin the installation.

    If you decide to install another operating system, you can specify the source of new installation files in the Boot Options section:

    Default Installation Mode - Installing Operating System

    Note: If your copy of Parallels Desktop is not activated, you will be prompted to activate it when you click Start. For more information about the activation, see Activating Parallels Desktop.

When the operating system is installed in the virtual machine, you can install Parallels Tools in it - this will enhance your work with the virtual machine. To launch the Parallels Tools installation, choose Install Parallels Tools from the Virtual Machine menu. For more detailed information about Parallels Tools and their installation, refer to the Installing Parallels Tools section in Parallels Desktop for Mac User's Guide.

The newly created virtual machine will be accessible through Parallels Virtual Machine Directory that allows you to easily manage your virtual machines.

Please send us your feedback on this help page