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  • VirtualBox icon


    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

    • Unlike Parallels, Virtualbox is free, open source and runs natively on Windows, Mac and Linux. What's not to like? JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 7 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    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 Workstation Pro icon

    VMware Workstation Pro

    VMware Workstation Pro is a commercial hypervisor that allows users to create and run virtual machines on one computer.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows Linux

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  • QEMU icon


    QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization. QEMU is a hosted virtual machine...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD

  • VMware Workstation Player icon

    VMware Workstation Player

    VMware Workstation Player builds on the industry leading foundation of Workstation Pro, and delivers a streamlined user interface for creating and running operating...

    Free Personal Windows Linux

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  • virt-manager icon


    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

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  • VMware Fusion icon

    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 OS X

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    Portable Virtualbox

    Portable-VirtualBox is a free and open source software tool that lets you run any operating system from a usb stick without separate installation. It unpacks and adjusts...

    Free Open Source Windows

  • CrossOver icon


    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 icon

    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 OS X Wine

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  • MobaLiveCD icon


    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

  • Boxes icon


    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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    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

  • AQEMU icon


    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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Parallels Desktop Comments

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.



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

Make sure you have enough RAM before do virtualization!

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.

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...