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Parallels beta adds Boot Camp support

updated 10:20 am EST, Fri December 1, 2006

Parallels beta released

Parallels today posted an early beta release of Parallels Desktop, enabling Intel-based Mac owners to install and use Microsoft Windows without the need to reboot the system. The update brings support for booting Windows XP on a Boot Camp partition directly in Parallels Desktop, as well as the ability to use an Apple Boot Camp partition with Windows XP installed as a virtual hard drive. The beta allows users to drag-and-drop files as well as folders from Windows to Mac OS X and vice versa, and features one-click Virtual Machine aliases to automatically start Virtual Machines. The newly released beta is available for free, and Parallels is offering a special holiday deal where customers who purchase Parallels products receive one year of free upgrades. Parallels Desktop for Mac is priced at $80, and requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later. [updated]

The main window is now resizable with auto-adjusting screen resolution, and Parallels Desktop for Mac Beta Build 3036 completely redesigns windows as well as dialogs for ease of use. A new Virtual Machines catalog caters to users with more than one Virtual Machine, which is presented on each Parallels Desktop instance start. The beta release also includes the Parallels Transporter Beta software to migrate a Windows PC, VMWare, or Virtual PC Virtual Machines to Parallels Virtual Machines. Updated Parallels Desktop installations display Windows applications as if they were Mac software, and improves graphic performance by up to 50 percent on different applications. The revision removes the "wait 5-10 seconds" message when connecting USB devices, and offers support for up to five virtual network interfaces. Connection Sharing Mode is enhanced to work with Cisco VPN as well as many other networking applications, and switching networking modes is now possible while the Virtual Machine is running.

Transparent mapping of Command-AZXCV key combinations supports using Mac copy/paste key combinations in Windows, and a new feature allows users to power on or off with suspend, resume, and pause functionality. Shared folder configuration on the fly enables users to add, remove, and configure shared folders via the menu or status bar icon without the need to stop a Virtual Machine. Users can also drag-and-drop CD or floppy images to connect to or a Mac folder to share onto a respective status bar icon.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Quark108

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "The update brings support for booting Windows XP on a Boot Camp partition directly in Parallels Desktop"

    That is friggin sweet! Definitely looking forward to that!

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Also, sweet

    "Parallels Transporter Beta software to migrate a Windows PC, VMWare, or Virtual PC Virtual Machines to Parallels Virtual Machines."


  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The folks at Parallels

    ...are doing a good job of raising the bar.

  1. discotronic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hope apple doesn't

    s**** them over by doing the same thing with this type of functionality built into Leopard. They have been on top of their releases and are making the software better every week. I am more than happy to pay for a solid product like this.

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    killer app?

    Could Parallels be the biggest app to come from the Intel migration? I wouldn't be suprised if Apple didn't swoop this app up...after it matures, of course.

  1. Richard Cassidy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is great news - Parallels was already pretty darned good. Booting from Bootcamp partions and drag/drop files is awesome. Great job guys.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Leopard Integration

    I love Parallels, and use it at work and home, mainly for testing websites in IE or visiting sites that don't support Mac (you know the ones run by idiototic IT managers). I have been speculating that Apple will build native support for Windows into Leopard for some time. Pehaps a WINE like implementation where it runs XP apps in OS X without installing XP.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hope no Apple version

    I for one hope Apple DOESN'T come out with their own version (or buy up parallels). Apple is notorious for just letting programs languish, and they have no real desire to make it easy to run Windows programs.

    If they integrated it into the OS, then features like the above would be stuck waiting for the next major release of the OS so they can make big fanfare out of it. And we all know the responsiveness of large companies when it comes to support and updates. (Maybe Apple could spend the time that they're not developing their own virtualization to finally FIX THE DAMN FINDER!).

    As for this being the killer app of the intel transition, I surely hope not. The best app that anyone could come up with is a way to run crappy windows programs on their macs?

    As if Mac Marginalization isn't still a big problem, having an easy way to run Windows apps only makes it that much more likely that some fringe apps just lose their Mac version completely.

  1. macguyincali

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Parallels Tools for BootC

    Has anyone tried to installing Parallels Tools for Boot Camp? The manual that comes with the Beta says you have to boot into XP via BootCamp then download "Parallels Tools for Boot Camp.exe" from the Parallels website. The website doesn't mention anything about a Beta and I tried to add it to the Beta URL that MacNN provided to no avail.

    If anyone has that URL, I would be much obliged. I can't wait to try a seamless Boot Camp / Parallels experience!

  1. kryszpin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    i have the same problem.

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