Alternatives to Parallels Desktop for all platforms with any license

  • VirtualBox

    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Solaris

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    • Unlike Parallels, Virtualbox is free, open source and runs natively on Windows, Mac and Linux. What's not to like? JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 9 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Wine

    Wine is a free, open source application for running Windows software on operating systems that are normally not supported. With Wine, you can install and run these...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Linux Android Android Tablet BSD

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  • VMware Fusion

    Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac. Built from the ground up for the Mac, VMware Fusion is the easiest way to switch...

    Commercial Mac

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  • virt-manager

    The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD Gentoo Linux Fedora Debian ... OpenBSD

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  • CrossOver

    CrossOver allows you to install many popular Windows applications and games on your Intel OS X Mac or Linux computer.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac OS X Linux

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  • Wineskin Winery

    Wineskin is a tool used to make ports of Windows software to Mac OS X. The ports are in the form of normal Mac application bundle wrappers. It works like a wrapper...

    Free Open Source Mac Wine

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  • Boxes

    A simple GNOME 3 application to access remote or virtual systems. It is based on a design from Jon McCann and Jakub Steiner.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Porting Kit

    Install Windows Games in Mac OS X natively and easily and for free with Wineskin technology.

    Free Mac OS X

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  • AQEMU

    AQEMU is GUI to QEMU and KVM emulators, written in Qt4. The program have user-friendly interface and allows to set up the majority of QEMU and KVM …

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • bochs

    Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common...

    Free Open Source Windows Linux AmigaOS MorphOS

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  • MobaLiveCD

    MobaLiveCD is a freeware that will run your Linux LiveCD on Windows thanks to the excellent emulator called "Qemu". MobaLiveCD allows you to test your LiveCD...

    Free Open Source Windows

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How to stop Parallels from asking you to register

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Parallels Desktop · Sep 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

I get a popup from Parallels Desktop asking me to register every time I reboot my computer, and it's annoying as hell. Here's how to disable it. http://forum.parallels.com/showpost.php?p=441726&postcount=5

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RAM

Comment by User8860227
about Parallels Desktop · Sep 2013 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Make sure you have enough RAM before do virtualization!

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Comment by docandreore
about Parallels Desktop · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Worked great for me since version 4. Latest version 6 is even faster and much better. I never tried Fusion, so I have no idea if it is any better than Parallels, but I did try VirtualBox and I could not even install Windows XP on that. Parallels all the way for me.

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Comment by ShiroiSame
about Parallels Desktop · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Parallels 5 completely freeze my MacBook! I'll move to vmware...

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