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Parallels Desktop Lite

By Parallels International GmbH

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Parallels Desktop Lite allows you to easily run Windows, Linux, and their applications on your Mac. 
You don't have to reboot your Mac to switch between operating systems or when switching between Mac, Windows, or Linux applications. 
Note: Existing Parallels Desktop® for Mac users are not recommended to move to Parallels Desktop Lite. 
You can run Internet Explorer®, Quicken®, QuickBooks, and hundreds of other Windows and Linux applications not available on the Mac—and run them side by side with Mac apps like Pages® and Keynote®. Brought to you by the developers of the #1-rated Mac virtualization software. 
• Download and run Linux virtual machines – Free
• Install and run OS X® virtual machines – Free
• Install and run Windows virtual machines – Requires in-app purchase
With Parallels Desktop Lite, you can run the following operating systems in a virtual machine on your Mac: 
• Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®, and XP
• Most Linux distributions
• macOS Sierra 10.12, OS X El Capitan 10.11, OS X Yosemite 10.10, OS X Mavericks 10.9, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, and OS X Lion 10.7.x 
Note: Windows is purchased separately.
Seamless integration features between Mac and Windows, including productivity boosters built in. These features include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Use Mac gestures in Windows apps
• Time synchronization between Mac and Windows
• Mouse synchronization enables the mouse to move seamlessly between the Mac OS, Windows, and Linux
• Copy/paste formatted text between Mac and Windows
• Drag and drop files between Mac and Windows
• Share Mac folders with Windows—including Desktop, Documents, and Downloads—without duplication and saving precious disk space on your Mac
• Resize window to get desired Windows resolution
• 3D graphics acceleration up to DirectX® 10.1
• Use Mac printers in Windows
• Share Mac location info with Windows
We want you to be completely satisfied with Parallels Desktop Lite. If you have any problems or concerns, please contact us at

What's New in Version 1.2.0

This update for Parallels Desktop Lite 1.2.0 addresses overall stability issues, and includes the following fixes and improvements:
- Resolves an issue with the mouse speed changing when you start or stop virtual machines
- Resolves an issue with Windows 10 not booting after updating to Creators Update
- Resolves an issue with dragging and dropping files from Mac to Windows 10 Creators Update
- Resolves an issue with web pages opening in Windows 10 Creators Update instead of opening in Mac
- Resolves an issue with Windows 10 not installing from a USB thumb drive


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Customer Reviews

$60/Year to run virtual machines

I thought this was going to be a great solution for a client who’s version of Parallels would not install due to High Sierra needing special permissions to load kernel extensions.

Parallels Lite popped up in my hours of Googling and I felt great relief. And it’s free! Oh wait no it’s not. These guys want $60/year to run non-Linux Virtual Machines. Very sad to see more vendors move to a subscription model instead of just selling you the software once.

Offer a one time price, we don’t want a subscription model!!!

Especially when the "buy one time” version is coded where it will not install without special permissions for the KEXTs, but this one uses HyperVisor instead (read: coded to be properly compatible with macOS for the ideal user experience) and they hold you at a $60/year ransom to get the proper version.

Pretty good

I like the sandboxed nature of this App-store version of Parallels.

I would like to see more frequent updates. For instance, there is currently not stated support for macOS High Sierra even though it runs fine on macOS High Sierra.

Works great

It is great to be able to run guest operating systems on my Mac. I haven’t run in to any problem issues in this version.

Parallels Desktop Lite
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  • Free
  • Category: Business
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2.0
  • Size: 234 MB
  • Languages: English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.11.5 or later, 64-bit processor

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