Parallels Desktop 8 and Mavericks

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  1. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    Hi all,

    I am planning to upgrade to Mavericks from ML 10.8.5. Do any of you have tested whether Parallels 8.0 (latest revision) compatible with new Mavericks? I used Parallels heavily for MS Office suite.

  2. Dulcimer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    It's working for me. I ran P8 and Windows 7 is running normally. Coherence mode works, hot corners are operational, etc. Also, I recall that the company said Parallels 7 (and below) wouldn't be compatible with Mavericks.

    There is a version 9 that's supposed to take advantage of the new Mavericks features, in case you didn't know. Is there something specific I should test for you?
  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    After you install Mavericks and then open Parallels, its going to complain about virtual machines being disabled.. P8 will eventually suggest loading a upgraded P8 version, after which things seem to be working well.
  4. mykelala01 macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2009
    P8 works fine with my machines so you are good to go
  5. Isamilis thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    Thanks all for sharing. Do you see any difference on battery when using PD8. Is it the same as ML or better?
  6. hipnetic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2010
    I'm stuck on Parallels Desktop 7. I'm running Windows 7 and have no need for Windows 8. But I would like to upgrade to Mavericks. It sounds like I'm out of luck with PD7 and would need to upgrade to PD9. A couple of questions:

    1) What's the cheapest way to get (or upgrade) to PD9?
    2) A new MacBook Pro 13" Retina may be in my future (possibly later this year). Would I be able to transfer my license over to the new MacBook? For that matter, does my license entitle me to install PD9 on multiple Macs in my house?
    3) Has anyone tried VirtualBox ( It looks like a free alternative to Parallels. I came across something in my Google searches that seemed to indicate a possible issue with running both VirtualBox and Parallels. I wouldn't mind giving VirtualBox a try, but I don't want to break my current Parallels setup.
  7. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Parallels 8 working fine here under Mavericks. I use it extensively for Office - glad I didn't upgrade, actually, as the Parallels update window that kept appearing seemed to suggest that Parallels 8 was required for Mavericks. Not the case it seems.
  8. hipnetic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2010
    Update: If you, like me, are still stuck on PD7, it looks like we're out of luck. Please post over in the Parallels forum in this thread:

    There's a lot of unhappy people there. I suspect that there will be a lot more soon, as I suspect that there will be a lot of people who have ignored the PD7 incompatibility warning pop-up, proceed with upgrading to Mavericks, and then consider PD7 to be "broken." As I posted in the Parallels forum thread above, I can appreciate that Mavericks may have a lot of changes under the hood such that "patching" PD7 isn't easy, but I think they should offer a steeply discounted upgrade price (even if just to PD8). $50 just to keep things working is not acceptable.

    I may wait a few more days to see what they do. If they say "too bad" then I'll probably give VirtualBox a try. Anyone here have any experience with that?
  9. poorcody, Oct 24, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2013

    poorcody macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2013
    So far no problems with Parallels 8 under Mavericks for me. Make sure you do the "Check for Updates" in Parallels before upgrading (to get the latest version 8 updates).

    The cheapest place I've seen to upgrade to Parallels 9 was at They had a $39 upgrade price last time I looked.

    You may want to check out Ars Technica's review of Parallels/VMware/VirtualBox from Oct 11. They seemed to say you get what you pay for regarding VirtualBox.
  10. Lolito macrumors 6502


    Mar 20, 2013
  11. 4x4bob macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2008
    Screw Parallels.

    My parallels 8 crashed repeatedly while attempting to start. Another $50 upgrade.... version 9 works fine.

    Why can't Parallels be like Apple, my gosh, I've been with them since 1.0.

    Buyer beware, not sure what the is issue with my setup, but windows 7 & parallels 8 do NOT work with Mavericks on my 2010 macbook pro.
  12. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    I have used VirtualBox in the past and, as the review points out, it's fine for basic things but it lacks the polish and finish of the paid options. But I'm tired of having to pay for a Parallels Desktop upgrade with every Mac OS release, so I'll probably go to VB as soon as it's 10.9-ready. In fact, that's the reason I used it before. Shortly after buying PD 5, I upgraded my Mac OS and 5 was no longer supported. So I switched. I got PD 7 as part of a bundle and have used it since, but now that it's out of date I'm not going to pay to upgrade. I don't use my VMs enough.
  13. ToniqR macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2011
    Bath, UK
    Does anyone know if I did a clean install of Mavericks, then migrated using my time machine backup, would Parallels 8 with windows 8 work okay?

    Or would it want me to reinstall it again etc? I don't want to go through the whole windows install process again if possible....
  14. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    Because you didn't buy Parallels' hardware.
  15. rafaelo14 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2013
    I had the same thing happen. After paying the $50 for the upgrade, everything magically started working. I spent all day trying to figure out what was wrong with my Windows install. They could've just said it was a mandatory update and saved me a lot of time and effort. Not cool.
  16. Swufi macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2011
    Morrisville, NC
    Did you make sure the you had the latest update of Parallels 8 downloaded and installed before upgrading to Mavericks? I had this same issue when I upgraded my Mini. Apparently I didn't have the latest Parallels update installed before upgrading so Parallels 8 kept crashing on me when I tried to boot into my Windows 8 VM.

    I was able to fix this problem by uninstalling Parallels from the mini and reinstalling the most current up to date version from the Parallels site.

    When I had to repeat this process for my Air, I just made sure parallels had all the required updates before upgrading and had no issues at all.

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