Parallels updates ensure virtualization in OS X 10.7 Lion

Parallels supports version 6 of its Parallels Desktop software in OS X Lion, and has a few maintenance releases available to ensure full compatibility with the new OS.

Following the release of OS X Lion, Parallels issued a few updates for its "Parallels Desktop" virtualization software that allows Windows and other operating systems to be run in tandem with OS X. The latest update for Parallels 6 and Parallels Server (both version 4.0 and the Mac Mini edition) will run on Lion, so if you have these products be sure to install these updates if you have upgraded to Lion.

Parallels encourages people who are upgrading to Lion to keep their Parallels Desktop installations at the latest versions. While older builds and versions of the software may launch and perform in Lion, Parallels is only supporting the latest version of Parallels Desktop 6 in Lion. If you currently have Parallels Desktop version 4 or 5, then you can upgrade to version 6 for $39.99 "for a limited time," according to Parallels.

Parallels Update
The latest build is available through Parallels Update.

To update your Parallels installation, choose Check for Updates... from the Parallels menu to run the Parallels updater, and install the latest build, which is build number 12094 and will be around 207MB in size. After installing the update, your virtual machines will need to be updated with the latest Parallels Tools packages to ensure full compatibility.

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    Topher, an avid Mac user for the past 15 years, has been a contributing author to MacFixIt since the spring of 2008. One of his passions is troubleshooting Mac problems and making the best use of Macs and Apple hardware at home and in the workplace.


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