Parallels Desktop for Mac build 3036 Beta is available for download.

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  1. itsdapead

    itsdapead Hunter

    Not quite.

    Even reputable dealers will sell you a generic "OEM" version of Windows along with a "qualifying hardware purchase" such as an internal hard disc drive, for about a third of the price of a "retail box" - there are some extra terms and conditions, such as the license being non-transferrable beyond the system on which it was intitially installed.

    If you want to know whether using this under boot camp is legitimate ask a lawyer, (if you flog the "qualifying" hardware on eBay and keep the windows, probably not - but if you do actually fit the hardware in the computer running windows it seems eminently reasonable) but there are no technical limitations. However, yes, its probably a bad idea to use such an OEM copy under Parallels if only because of the ease with which the "hardware" can change.
  2. stevko

    stevko Bit poster


    Cool. That fixed the first half. Thanks, palter.
  3. Raolin

    Raolin Bit poster

    Boot Camp does not respond after installation of parallel tools?


    I have a complete different problem. I installed Bootcamp wit a clean WinXP SP2 Install on my Macbook (2GB Ram, 160 GB Samsung Drive). The Partition is NTFS. I installed the Mac-Driver Disc and Bootcamp worked fine, switch to OS X worked fine, switch back worked fine.
    Then i booted Bootcamp again, installed the Parallel Tools. (for 3036).
    Then i rebootet XP. After that i got the menu for selecting the XP configuration or the paralles configuration.
    And here the system freezes. I have no possibility to select one of those or F8.

    Interesting is, i can boot via Mac Os X, but then i have the same problem like a lot of people here, not working mouse, 3 days activation period ...

    Any idea about this?


  4. Scott Willsey

    Scott Willsey Hunter

    Hmmm... one more annoyance now that rez switching is broken.. if I shutdown windows in full screen mode, it comes back at the full screen rez instead of the rez I was in before going full screen. And all the icons I carefully arranged before going full screen are now lined up to the left of the display.

    That plus having to fix the color mode when going full screen make this a VERY annoying release for me. This used to be a "launch and go" product, now it's a "launch and fix whatever full screen mode breaks" product.
  5. hagen

    hagen Junior Member

    New "error" launching Parallels VM/BootCamp

    :confused: ...

    Boot from hard drive error loading system

    I attached a screen shot of the vm window


    Anyone have any ideas? I have not seen this error in the forum.

    Tools installed into Boot Camp XP fine
    Tried setting VM memory at 1024, same error

    Mac Pro, 2 GB RAM, X1900XT,
    Boot Camp is on a seperate HD and is NTFS (312 GB partition).

    Attached Files:

  6. toddgarvin

    toddgarvin Junior Member


    I read elsewhere that this is an error in the tools installer. Parallels is working on a fix.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2006
  7. cetuma

    cetuma Member


    Coherence is amazing! I have a toolbar on either side of my screen, one for OS X and the other for XP. I can have any app from either in the middle. This is beautiful!!!
  8. Andrew @ Parallels

    Andrew @ Parallels Parallels Team

    1. You can make you documents folder on FAT32 Boot Camp a Shared Folder in Parallels.
    2. You can attach Boot Camp (both FAT32 or NTFS) as second HDD to your VM and read/write any data from it.
  9. Sheppy

    Sheppy Hunter

    Yeah, it's pretty sweet. My Dock is at the bottom of my screen, the Windows taskbar is hanging under the Mac's menu bar, and it's really working beautifully. I had one crash of 3306 yesterday while doing something stupid, but otherwise it's working nicely. I can't wait to see the fully-polished final release!

    There are a couple of things I'd like to see, some of which have been mentioned previously...

    1. Instead of the current screenshot-style icon in the Dock, putting a clone of the Start menu a la Virtual PC would be great.

    2. It would be cool if each Windows app appeared in the Dock along with your Mac apps. Virtual PC does this as well, so it should be possible.

    3. I'd like to be able to move windows across both screens on my two-screen system, although I do realize there are potential issues with this due to the Mac's menu bar and the Dock being there on one of them. Still, there should be ways to deal with this -- possibly by going ahead and letting Windows stuff slide behind these and offering a way to temporarily hide the menu bar in those cases where you need to get at something that's slipped behind it.

    4. Add an option somewhere that will open the Windows Desktop folder into a new window so you can get at files on the desktop without actually showing the desktop.

    5. If there's a way to not have to do the full-size window for the Windows startup process, that'd be a nice improvement as well.

    Those are just some suggestions. I love this thing. :)
  10. Andrew @ Parallels

    Andrew @ Parallels Parallels Team

    If you need network performance - use Bridged Mode. It is faster than Shared Networking but less flexible.

  11. dtempleton

    dtempleton Junior Member

    coherence and dual monitors

    I think the other fellow was asking "how"; choose the menu item under "view". Very nice.

    just one more thing (it never ends...) dual monitor support? With an XP OS windowI *want* it to occupy just one monitor (and it does that well, selecting the monitor based on where the small window was). WIth coherence, it would be nice to drag XP apps back and forth like I do OSX apps.

    Overall, though, a big improvement. Thanks!

  12. Andrew @ Parallels

    Andrew @ Parallels Parallels Team

    There is special icon in Windows XP task bar - Show Desktop.
  13. seddison

    seddison Bit poster

    bootcamp vm locks up on first boot cannot input to the vm via keyboard or mouse

    Just thought I'd share my experience on this as I was really looking forward to the bootcamp vm feature but when I booted for the first time the vm froze. I didn't want to power off as I thought it might corrupt the boot camp partition.
    from the vm menu I was able to reset (reboot) the machine /and then caught it at the menu options (normal XP or parallels config) and pwered off there.(just press the down key when you see the options and then you have all the time in the world).
    Then I went to disk utility and performed a permission repair on my osx volume. Permissions repaired included some with names like 1386 and efi so I knew I was on the right track. I then booted perfectly but wanted me to re-activate in 3 days so I rejected and went back to normal bootcamp - now I can't log in at all without activating and I'm out in the field. My fault for not reading the instructions. I'll fix that up but I am concerned that by virtue of microsoft a user will have to stick with one method only boot camp or parallelsVM as the activation will keep flipping.
    Anyway I would like to express my admiration for a great product. Can we get parallels tools for linux versions please even if it's just a mouse driver !
  14. thegdog

    thegdog Bit poster

    Are they? I've just been surprised that they've been quiet on this particular issue, not commenting on it at all. Even to say they managed to reproduce it or need more information.
  15. hcl

    hcl Bit poster

    Can't finish OS Installation Assistant


    I tried to install Parallels for Bootcamp installations. When the OS Installation Assistant printed "Click 'Finish' button to create the virtual machine", I removed the check from "Start virtual machine" and tried to click "Finish" but the Assistant does not recognise my click. Just nothing happens. Does the Windows Boot Disk has to be formatted with FAT32? I did not read anything about that in the documentation!

    Edit: Tried now the "Express Installation" - the Assistant stops at the same point!
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2006
  16. superchink

    superchink Bit poster

    I haven't seen any response from them re: this issue.
  17. bemaniac

    bemaniac Junior Member

    So I've installed the new Beta, and made a new VM using my Boot Camp HD. Everything works great (coherence is amazing), but I can't seem to get drag and drop working. Is there anything I need to be doing to fix this? Would re-installing the "Parallels tools for boot camp" help?
  18. tomservo291

    tomservo291 Member

    Speaking of which, using the Show Desktop shortcut is another thing that breaks the transparent background of Coherence mode for me.

    MacBook Pro 1.83ghz CD/2GB RAM ... VM: XP SP2
  19. bemaniac

    bemaniac Junior Member

    Other problems: Every time I run parallels with my Boot Camp VM (I'm not talking about switching back and forth between Boot Camp and Parallels, I'm only using Parallels) it asks me to re-activate windows.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2006
  20. gkantz

    gkantz Junior Member

    Keyboard freeze

    The keyboard issue with the config choice screen is exactly as I reported earlier. Some people have this problem, but others don't. Don't know if it's specific to notebooks (I have a MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo) but when I plug an Apple USB keyboard in I'm able to make the choices, then it boots into Windows and I have full control of my notebook keyboard. Andrew?:confused:

    As with any beta, this is just something that needs to be checked out and I'm sure it will be fixed quickly. These engineers are very quick in terms of squashing bugs. I have to say Parallels is an outstanding product and will keep getting better.
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