What You Need

To install and set up Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac, you need:

  • A Mac computer with:
    • An Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better
    • At least 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended to run Windows 7)

      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 1.4GB of space available on the boot volume (the volume that has Mac OS X) for Parallels Desktop installation
    • 15 GB of available disk space for Windows
    • Mac OS X Lion 10.7 or later, Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.8 or later, or Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.8 or later

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

    • Internet connection required for 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 Mac OS X
    • A major credit card or PayPal account to purchase Windows online

    For a list of operating systems that Parallels Desktop supports for use with your Mac, see Supported Guest Operating Systems or go to http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/system-requirements/.

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