I want to start a specific VM from an alias in the Dock, and launching a Windows application would be nice, too. What I am asking for already works in Coherence mode, but I have the machine configured to start in a Window. 1. If i start by clicking on an alias (say, IE) in the Dock, the VM always comes up in Crystal, even though the configuration says to start in Window. 2. Clicking on the "Parallels Desktop" icon does what the configuration says to do, no problem there. And once it is started, I can click on IE in the Dock to launch IE inside the Window. Given the fact of #2, it seems that #1 might simply be a bug. Or maybe I have not set up something correctly? 3. Related: Can I make an alias in the Dock that will launch a specific machine, so that I don't have to go through the Virtual Machines menu and select one? That would get me halfway there, and in fact I would do it all the time to start the machine even when I didn't want to launch a particular application yet.