Need help to enable nested virtualization to run WSL2 on Parallels 17

Discussion in 'Windows Guest OS Discussion' started by ||els, Oct 16, 2021.

  1. ||els

    ||els Bit Poster

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    Hi

    I recently upgraded to Parallels 17 on my MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 and can't find an option to enable nested virtualization. I have seen it in the earlier version 16 but missing after upgrade to 17.

    Context
    When I am trying to use WSL2 on Windows 11 guest OS, I am getting this error:
    WslRegisterDistribution failed with error: 0x80370102 The virtual machine could not be started because a required feature is not installed.

    Several online sources suggest enabling one of nested virtualization, PMU virtualization, Intel VT-x etc., which is what I can't seem to find / enable. I have tried almost everything that I can find online in the several hours of investigation to resolve this. None of them work. Following are some of the sources I tried BUT DO NOT WORK:

    - https://kb.parallels.com/en/125195
    - https://kb.parallels.com/123844
    - https://kb.parallels.com/125195

    Here is the information about the machine:

    macOS Big Sur Version 11.6
    MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
    Processor 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB

    Your Mac is up to date macOS Big Sur 11.6
    Last checked: Today at 9:29 AM

    sysctl -a | grep machdep.cpu.features
    machdep.cpu.features: FPU VME DE PSE TSC MSR PAE MCE CX8 APIC SEP MTRR PGE MCA CMOV PAT PSE36 CLFSH DS ACPI MMX FXSR SSE SSE2 SS HTT TM PBE SSE3 PCLMULQDQ DTES64 MON DSCPL VMX SMX EST TM2 SSSE3 FMA CX16 TPR PDCM SSE4.1 SSE4.2 x2APIC MOVBE POPCNT AES PCID XSAVE OSXSAVE SEGLIM64 TSCTMR AVX1.0 RDRAND F16C


    So, is there a way to enable nested virtualization in Parallels 17 so that I can use WSL2 on Windows 11. Help much appreciated.
     
  2. kushNYC

    kushNYC Bit Poster

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  3. ||els

    ||els Bit Poster

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    Yes, I went through a few times. But based on the discussion with customer support, I confirmed that the option was removed in Parallels 17 in desktop version. I am pretty sure that I had that option in Parallels 16. The option is now available only in the pro version which is a yearly subscription.

    I feel Parallels is becoming like 1Password :(
     

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