Long-time Mac and Parallels user here. Running a 27" iMac (late 2009 version) with Mavericks 10.9.2. I have never had a problem with running Windows in any version of Parallels until now. I was even doing fine with Parallels 9 for months... and then I installed the upgrade to get me from Mavericks 10.9.1 to 10.9.2, and all hell broke loose. The first problem I noticed was any program I ran in Windows slowed to a crawl. It was ridiculous -- simply selecting an operation that should have taken a few seconds was taking a couple of minutes, and I couldn't shake the ever-spinning ball. I tried uninstalling Windows and Parallels 9, then doing a full reinstall. I even tried booting up into the Recovery Console to perform a full reinstall of Mavericks. All to no avail. Within a day or two, my hard drive became corrupt, and I once again had to boot to Recovery Console to try to repair the drive. Unfortunately the drive was unrepairable -- even Disk Warrior would not repair the disk -too much wrong with it. And I was unable to format the drive and start over with a clean install. I took my computer into the Apple tech folks and they replaced my hard drive. All diagnostic tests they ran on the computer indicated it was a good, healthy system. I thought I was now back in business, so I reinstalled Mavericks -- then started the tedious process of reinstalling everything. The same thing happened again when I installed Parallels with Windows 7 - Windows seemed fine for a very short time, then started running really slow, and my brand new hard drive became corrupt again. This time, however, I was able to reformat and start over with the same hard drive. The third time of rebuilding my iMac -I encountered the same scenario, even down to needing to repair hard drive corruption. I am very lucky - this time, I was able to repair the hard drive. But... this time I uninstalled Parallels 9. I am no longer running Parallels on my iMac desktop. I am afraid to take the chance. Oddly... Parallels 9 runs perfectly on my MacBook Air (late 2010 version). No problems there at all. But my iMac seems to be cursed. Just wanted to share my hellish experience -- has anyone else experienced nightmares like this?