Creating a New Virtual Machine
If you have no virtual machines, you can start your work in Parallels Desktop by creating a new virtual machine using New Virtual Machine Assistant.
To create a new virtual machine:
- Open Parallels Desktop and click New Windows Installation in the Welcome window or the Add button in the Parallels Virtual Machines list, or choose New from the File menu.
- Insert the operating system installation disc or connect the installation source to your Mac.In the Create New Virtual Machine window specify the source of the installation files and click Continue.
You can create a virtual machine using
- an operating system installation CD or DVD disc
- an image of such an installation disc
- or a Boot Camp partition
If you want to specify the installation source later choose Continue without disc.
- Your operating system will either be detected automatically, or you will be asked to select it manually from the list.
- If you are going to create a Windows or Linux virtual machine, you may be offered to use Express Installation, which is available for most of the popular Windows and Linux operating systems.
In the Express Mode, the operating system and Parallels Tools are installed automatically, with no interaction needed.
To use Express Installation, you will need to provide:
- for Windows: the Windows product key.
- for Linux: a user name and password.
- If you are installing one of the recent Windows systems (starting from Windows 2000), you will need to choose the level of integration between your Windows and Mac OS applications and files. You can choose one of the following ways of working with your Windows applications:
- Like a Mac: You will be able to work in both Windows and Mac applications on the single Mac OS Desktop, and your Mac desktop, as well as the documents, pictures, music, videos and downloads folders will be shared with Windows.
- Like a PC: your Windows will run in a separate window and your Mac files will not be shared with Windows, but you will be able to drag and drop files between the systems, as well as copy text.
- Before your start, review your virtual machine name and location.
If you want other users of your Mac to access your virtual machine, choose Share with other users of this Mac - and your virtual machine will be saved in the /Users/Shared folder that is accessible to all users.
If you want to edit your virtual machine hardware configuration before proceeding to operating system installation, select Customize settings before installation.
- When finished, click Create.
- The assistant will create a virtual machine based on your settings and install the operating system and Parallels Tools in it or if you chose to customize the settings before installation, the assistant will open the virtual machine configuration dialog.
Note: Parallels Tools are installed automatically in most of the popular Windows and Linux operating systems. In other operating systems they should be installed manually.
The newly created virtual machine will be accessible through the Parallels Virtual Machines list that allows you to easily manage your virtual machines.
When creating a Windows virtual machine, Parallels Desktop creates an administrator account with a blank password. When the guest OS installation is complete, it is recommended that you change this password.