If you created your virtual machine using the Express Windows mode, Parallels Tools were installed automatically after the installation of the Windows guest operating system.
If your virtual machine was created in the Typical or Custom mode, do the following to install Parallels Tools in it:
Note: If the Install Parallels Tools option is grayed out, make sure that Parallels Tools can be installed in your guest operating system. To see the list of guest OSs supported by Parallels Tools, refer to the Parallels Tools Overview section in Parallels Desktop Help available through the Help menu.
You can also install Parallels Tools manually:
/Library/Parallels/Tools/folder, select the
prl-tools-win.isofile, and click Open to connect it to the virtual machine.
Note: If you cannot find the
/Library/Parallels/Tools/ folder, make sure that you selected the
Library folder at the highest level of Macintosh HD, not in your user home folder.
Note: If the installation wizard does not launch automatically, right-click the disc, choose Open from the shortcut menu, and double-click
Setup.exe to launch the installer.
To edit the settings of Parallels Tools installed in your virtual machine, use the Services pane of the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog.
How to check if Parallels Tools are installed
If you are not sure whether Parallels Tools are installed, you can easily check this. Start your virtual machine and look at the status bar of its window: if the tip "
Press Ctrl + Alt to release the mouse and keyboard" appears in the status bar of the virtual machine's window, this means that Parallels Tools are not installed. When Parallels Tools are installed, you do not need to press any key to release the mouse and keyboard - they are released automatically.
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