Recently I had a need to access work resources from my Mac but everything for work is Windows only. I installed Parallels and a copy of Windows 10. It didn’t take me more than an hour to install the Parallels and Windows 10. I also installed Microsoft Office, Company VPN software, and a few other proprietary apps that I needed to get my work done.

Parallels sets up a Virtual machine on the computer. It can be configured so that everything stays in the Parallels file so you can think of it as a completely different isolated machine. Even though it was running as a Virtual Machine from my appearance it is running as fast as it was on a dedicated computer for what I was using it for. Due to a Parallels keeping the os in a file it makes it very easy to make a back-up copy in case your VM is infected with a Virus or malware. This will allow me to not have to keep a separate computer to get into my Windows applications. Virtual machine in Parallels is also a good way to test new software without installing it on your main machine. I have also used Parallels in the past to install a newer version of MacOS on the computer to make sure that all my apps are working properly. You will need a valid license and the media for any OS that you would like to install inside Parallels.

If you are looking to install Windows in Parallels I highly suggest buying the full retail version of Windows rather than buying a OEM or System Builder copy. The system builder or OEM copy can’t be moved to another machine and may deactivate if you adjust the settings for your Parallels copy such and memory, number of cores, etc. Parallels comes in several different flavors starting at 69.99 for a Home and Student License. They also offer a Pro user and Business user license for 99.99 a year.