Here at Parallels, we would like to thank our millions of users for choosing our software, Parallels Desktop® for Mac, the #1 choice for Mac® users for over a decade. With pirated licenses on the rise in every software market, we want to encourage curious users to read this blog post thoroughly before hunting for a Parallels Desktop for Mac cracked license key. We dive into security risks and concerns and explore why users should be cautious about using a crack/torrent version of Parallels Desktop from unidentified sites—or simply put, the pirating sites.
Are you searching for a cracked license key of Parallels Desktop for Mac? Globally, millions of users are turning to installing bootleg versions of software as more companies either increase their prices or change to a subscription model. In the software ecosystem, there has always been a dense market for pirated or cracked licenses to obtain the software illegally. While users may save a penny or two, the dangers of using pirated copies grossly outweigh the benefits.
According to 2018 Revulytics, the top 20 software license misuse and piracy hotspots are not only in the United States, but also China, India, Russia, Germany and many more. Funny enough, there are only nine countries in the world that have no reports of unpaid software! In recent years, Google has been asked to remove over 100,000 pirated links every hour. The reality is that the market for pirated software continues to grow, regardless of efforts from software companies or search engines.
Potential risks that users face when utilizing pirated or illegally cracked licenses for Parallels Desktop (or any macOS or Windows software) are:
- Malware – Malware is shorthand for “malicious software.” By Bullguard’s definition, it is a computer program that is designed to infiltrate and damage computers without the user’s consent.
- Keyloggers or spyware – These are usually used in identity or financial threats. They’re designed to steal passwords or banking information. This can cause years of difficult loopholes to get your identity or financial health back up to speed.
- Ransomware – An extortion-based threat that is considered a cryptovirology because it locks a user out of software or hardware until a ransom is paid. CSOOnline outlines the 6 biggest ransomeware attacks of the last 5 years. While the commonality of this threat has gone down in recent year, ransomware is still very much considered to be a concern for both individual users and enterprise companies.
- Viruses and worms – Kaspersky released an educational article outlining the difference between the two: “An important distinction between computer viruses and worms is that viruses require an active host program or an already infected and active operating system in order for viruses to run, cause damage and infect other executable files or documents, while worms are standalone malicious programs that can self-replicate and propagate via computer networks, without human help.”
- Bloatware – Bloatware is software that is downloaded without the user’s knowledge. It eventually utilizes hardware’s memory resources to cause a device to become so slow it is eventually unusable.
Not to mention, you also lose all future benefits of functionality, security, support and updates—and your cracked Parallels Desktop for Mac license can be disabled at any time. Almost every software company has backend intelligence to check if a license is registered, and they regularly do this check throughout the lifecycle of their product.
The Parallels End User License Agreement states that users may use one copy of the software activated by a license key on a single instance owned, leased or controlled by the user. In accordance with the End User License Agreement terms and conditions, a Parallels Desktop retail license can only be used for activation of Parallels Desktop on a single Mac machine at a time.
Note: To use Parallels Desktop on several Mac machines, users will need to purchase the corresponding number of licenses. If you’d like to move Parallels Desktop from one computer to another, you don’t need to buy a new key. Simply uninstall the software from the Mac it’s currently installed on before installing on a new one.
If you have feedback you’d like to provide surrounding Parallels and the Parallels family of products, please reach out to us! We sincerely are open to improving our policies for global users.
We encourage users to buy their software directly from the manufacturer or directly from authorized resellers. This directly benefits the teams of real humans who pour hard work into their product to provide an excellence experience for the end user.
If you’re looking to download a free copy of Parallels Desktop, feel free to download our 14-day trial and run Windows, Linux and other popular OSes on your Mac, without rebooting.
It can be quite helpful for IT teams to have an accurate overview of all the Macs in their organization. And this should include the software installed on those devices for this can be crucial for the organization’s software inventory management, for instance. How many copies of which productive software products are being used? Or in reverse: On how many Macs is a given software product installed?
Software inventory management of this kind can be a great
help for co-workers in the purchase department in their effort to put together
license packages and so save the company money. Detailed reports not only
covering device inventory but also software products installed on many systems
will help IT teams handle their resource planning as well. IT teams can only
plan the software outfit and potential training needs for any given
organisational unit if they have this information available. Here are some
hints to help admins prepare custom reports in SCCM containing this important
How to setup a query for Mac software inventory
Parallels Mac Management for SCCM lets IT teams not only manage hardware and software inventories and roll them out to employees within the organization but also analyse and monitor these assets. This clarifies the software needs of individual business units and the licensing requirements to be planned for the future.
The first step is to open the SCCM console and to navigate
to “Monitoring -> Overview -> Reporting -> Reports -> Create
Report”. Now a wizard will appear to help configure a customized SCCM
report. The first choice to make here is “SQL based report”. The
admin should then proceed to choose a preferably meaningful name for this
report. A storage location for the report also needs to be selected at this
After these easy steps, the admin can continue with defining
the SQL query. The “SQL Server Report Builder” serves this purpose.
Clicking on “Table or Matrix” is the next thing to do. Now a data set
needs to be created. Things to look out for here include selecting the right
data base entries and activating “Autodetect”. Admins can find the
right search categories and parameters to use in this help article. Once this
custom report has been defined, IT teams can search it for software products by
entering free text into a search field, after which they are shown on how many
and which devices the program is installed.
Knowledge Base | How to create a custom report
Parallels Blog | Keeping Tabs on Asset Management
Youtube | Basic Management using Parallels Mac Management
Parallels Mac Management | Administrator’s Guide (PDF)
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Many organizations are successfully using Parallels Desktop on a day-to-day basis to make use of Windows seamlessly under macOS. On the other hand, it is important for IT teams to be able to define certain rules and policies for productive applications in their organizations. Parallels Desktop and Parallels Mac Management for SCCM are integrated into each other in an ideal way enabling those IT teams to configure and manage Parallels Desktop for corporate users centrally using Parallels Mac Management for SCCM. Examples for this include safety specifications and a password policy for users. The ability for users to change Parallels Desktop settings can be regulated this way as well. Moreover, admins can also specify within the Parallels Desktop dialog how the user’s Mac should behave with regard to Parallels Desktop if a USB storage medium is connected. Another thing IT teams can do from this point is to define the Parallels Desktop’s network configuration for all Macs in the organisation. And they can define how Parallels Desktop will respond to new updates.
Added to that, Parallels Mac Management for SCCM can also specify the properties of the virtual machine (VM) used for Parallels Desktop. How many resources may the VM occupy on the employees’ systems? Will the VM be encrypted? Other settings pertain to backups and the Coherence Mode popular with users. Password rules are defined by safety settings offering IT teams a broad range of options for what users should be allowed or not allowed to do. Image: Parallels Desktop configuration
How to define settings for Parallels Desktop in SCCM
As might be expected, the SCCM console is where to go for
configuring Parallels Desktop using Parallels Mac Management. The place to
navigate to is “Assets and Compliance / Overview / Compliance
Settings”. The option, “Create Parallels Configuration Item”,
enables IT admins to define a configuration for Parallels Desktop or for a
related virtual machine. After that, a final dialog follows covering possible
options for the policies.
IT teams should add these configurations to the
“Configuration Baseline” for appropriate device groups in SCCM in order
to distribute them to the respective Macs in the organization. Rolling the
rules and policies out takes place automatically.
Parallels Blog | What’s New in Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac
Parallels Mac Management | Administrator’s Guide (PDF)
Windows-FAQ | Windows erfolgreich auf dem Mac nutzen
Mac Einsteiger | Windows auf dem Mac
Parallels | Success Stories from Our Customers
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Celebrate the birthday of Parallels Desktop® for Mac with a special offer for new and upgrade users. No coupon code required! Simply follow the link below to get 25% off:
For over a decade, Parallels Desktop has been the #1 choice to run Windows on Mac. Here at Parallels, we deeply credit our success to our customers. We extend heartfelt gratitude for the immense amount of loyalty shown from millions of global customers. Since the start of Parallels Desktop in 2006, we have relentlessly delivered the best software to run Windows on Mac by staying up to date with the latest releases from tech leaders such as Apple® and Microsoft. In a tech-centric landscape of Mac vs. PC, we’ve driven innovation to ensure a seamless marriage between the two systems—and we couldn’t be prouder of what our users have accomplished.
Parallels core values are all about delighting our customers. That value is ingrained in every action and decision we make. From engineering to marketing to support teams, we strive to uphold the highest standards for our users to provide the best virtualization software for Mac.
Since 2006, we’ve hit a lot of great milestones with Parallels Desktop.
- June 15, 2006 – Parallels Desktop launches in the Mac market and becomes the first virtualization software for the Mac. Mac users are now able to run Windows and Mac OS X® simultaneously without having to restart via Boot Camp®.
- February 27, 2007 – Parallels Desktop introduces Coherence Mode to make Windows feel like it belongs on Mac.
- November 4, 2009 – Parallels Desktop 5 launches with full support for Windows 7 and OS X Snow Leopard. Support for Apple trackpad gestures and keyboard actions (such as drag and drop and copy and paste) is added to easily work between the systems.
- September 14, 2010 – Mac OS X Spotlight search is integrated with Windows, furthering a seamless experience for Parallels Desktop users.
- November 6, 2011 – Cool PR news: NASA is spotted with Parallels Desktop installed on their MacBook® computers that were used to land the Curiosity Rover on Mars!
- June 2011 – Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition (now renamed Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition) launches with features that unify volume license keys. It also introduces a license portal for IT administrators.
- September 4, 2012 – Parallels Desktop 8 launches with full support for DirectX 10 and Bluetooth devices across the two systems.
- August 28, 2013 – Parallels Access® for iOS and Android launches. Customers can now use iPad® and iPhone® devices with native touch gestures to access and run applications on their Mac and Windows remotely, anytime.
- September 5, 2013 – Parallels Desktop 9 integrates cloud services such as Dropbox, iCloud, and SkyDrive—and improves virtual machine performance by 40%.
- August 19, 2015 – Parallels Desktop 11 and Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition launch with OS X El Capitan and Windows 10 support. Best feature of this year? The Windows 10 personal assistant, Cortana, is brought to Mac.
- December 1, 2016 – Parallels® Toolbox for Mac and PC—a standalone product featuring 25-single purpose tools, with new tools added regularly—enters the market.
- August 21, 2018 – The most powerful version of Parallels Desktop arrives with version 14. Parallels Desktop remains the market leader in desktop virtualization. Seamlessly run Windows 10, Linux, and other popular OSes on Mac without rebooting. Includes Parallels Toolbox and 24/7 support (with active subscription).
- Today: Parallels Desktop Birthday Celebration!
Don’t forget! To celebrate our birthday, we’ve put together an exclusive birthday savings promotion with 25% off Parallels Desktop for Mac until June 26, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Don’t miss out on these savings—we only celebrate our birthday once a year!
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A: Yes, of course! Upgrade to Parallels Desktop here.
Q: Can I get a discount for multiple years on my subscription?
A: Promotional pricing is only applied to the first year of your subscription.
Q: What if I already have a subscription to Parallels Desktop and want to purchase this promo to extend my existing subscription?
A: Sorry, only Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition provides a licensing extension.
Q: What if I want to gift this promotion to a friend or family member?
A: You can do this for a new license, only. Simply forward your purchase confirmation email to the recipient of your choice. Let them download our software and use your product key. They will register the license with their own credentials.
Q: What versions of Parallels Desktop are included with this birthday promotion?
A: All versions of Parallels Desktop for Mac, directly purchased through parallels.com. Retail or third-party vendors are excluded from this promotion.
Alexander Huber needed a solution for his team to integrate native Windows software seamlessly into a pure Mac® environment. A special challenge came with that: The seemingly obvious solution of simply using Windows clients to run Windows software was a no-go. This was because Alexander works for Target Distribution, the Austrian authorized Apple® distributor based in Koblach, Austria. This company lives up to its promise, which includes an internal “Apple® only” policy. All the equipment running in the back office is Mac, with a total of around 30 MacBook®, iMac®, and other Mac systems for Target Distribution’s staff of 40.
Alexander faced the task of implementing a native Windows solution, WinLine—an ERP and CRM solution from the Austrian manufacturer Mesonic—into this Mac monoculture. Target Distribution’s back office needs this software to plan resources, prepare serial letters, send out mass mailings, and more. It was clear that this had to integrate seamlessly into the daily productive company operations. As Windows systems were barred from the onset, a solution based on the existing fleet of Mac had to be found. Apple Boot Camp® wasn’t seen as a viable solution, as rebooting the Mac every time seemed unfeasible.
After extensive testing, Alexander and his co-workers chose a different solution. Parallels Desktop® for Mac allows Target Distribution staffers to combine two worlds seamlessly: Mac hardware and Windows software. The system’s Coherence Mode is particularly popular with the people at Target Distribution. Disguising the underlying Windows virtualization, this mode shows users nothing but opened program windows. This creates a genuine “Mac feeling” while using Windows software and makes Mac users feel comfortable in this dual world.
Those in charge of IT like Alexander enjoy the added benefit of being able to easily roll out Parallels Desktop, Windows, and application software to client devices. This saves time and helps avoid costly and annoying down times of the targeted Mac systems.
Read the complete success story of how the IT wholesaler, Target Distribution, saved the cost of additional hardware by employing Parallels Desktop.
Target Distribution | Austria’s leading value added distributor of Apple produkts
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A major shortcoming of SCCM is the way it provides for integrating Mac computers into the corporate IT environment—admins have to install the SCCM client program on the respective devices by hand. This is time-consuming and unnecessarily cumbersome. IT departments that need to support Mac clients frequently or in large numbers will not find an ideal solution for managing them in SCCM alone.
Since 2014, Apple has been offering the Device Enrollment Program, which makes it significantly easier to use Mac in a corporate environment. The underlying idea is simple: Organizations can buy Mac clients from distributors in a pre-registered state, easing and accelerating the subsequent enrollment process. Organizations supply Apple with details of their device management via Business Manager. This enables Apple or the reseller involved to preconfigure the systems prior to their delivery. A new Mac will then connect to the organization’s device management system automatically via the Apple interface to be configured.
The given device management must support this procedure, however. Microsoft SCCM by itself does not support Apple DEP. Parallels® Mac Management for Microsoft® SCCM, a plug-in for SCCM, can help IT teams easily retrofit SCCM with support for Apple DEP—while continuing to work with the management system’s user interface with no change.
Apple finalizes their support for Mac clients in business
By the end of November 2019, Apple DEP will be replaced by Apple Business Manager, which was launched in June 2018. This will be the only place where Apple will be offering services formerly performed by DEP for device enrollment and VPP for volume purchase of software licenses in organizations. This means that after November, admins will only be able to use Business Manager for their volume license purchases and automated devices enrollments.
Watch webinars for more information
Join our webinars to learn how you can manage corporate Mac clients natively within Microsoft SCCM.
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To earn the
Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) title, it is not enough to just flaunt
your expertise with a few tips and tricks in appropriate news groups now and
then. A lot more is needed to get this honorary title that Microsoft has been
awarding since 1995. A jury picked from the members of an MVP team evaluates
the technical expertise and helpfulness of nominees who have commended
themselves through a substantial number of high-level lectures, blog posts, and
forum contributions during the previous year. So it might not come as a
surprise that the number of people who have cleared this hurdle isn’t large. In
2019, no more than 3,169 individuals were honored with the rank of Microsoft
MVP—out of more than 100 million IT community members.
Nair is one of the members of this illustrious group. A solution architect
based in Bangalore, India, Anoop supports users from all over the world seeking
help over multiple channels, demonstrating his impressive knowledge in complex
matters such as the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), SCOM,
Intune, Mobile Device Management, and Azure. In 2015, the high quality of his
work along with the enthusiastic response of community members led to him being
awarded the MVP title in the field of Enterprise Client Management.
While Parallels assigns no awards of this kind, Anoop would be among the first to receive such an award if they did. Being one of the world’s leading SCCM experts, he of course also knows all about managing corporate Mac® clients. And it is no surprise that he has come to the conclusion that SCCM‘s basic functionality is not enough to manage Mac in a really comprehensive and convenient way. The reasons for this are explained in the article, „SCCM Mac Management – A Good Idea?“, which he posted recently in his very readable blog.
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According to MerchDope, the total number of people who use YouTube in 2019 is reaching 1,300,000,000. 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day.
Due to the vast amount of never-ending content being uploaded every moment, it is very likely someone may want to download a video for later use to enjoy offline.
Parallels® Toolbox offers the best way to download YouTube, Vimeo, and other Internet-hosted videos directly to your computer. Whether it’s macOS® or Windows, the Parallels Toolbox tool Download Video reigns supreme when compared to other utilities that claim to do the same thing.
Not only is it just one click to save your favorite videos, you can do so without reducing their quality. Save your videos in high resolution up to 1080p, instantly.
Downloading a video from the Internet is easy:
- Buy Parallels Toolbox.
- Download the .DMG or .EXE to install.
- Launch the Download Video tool.
- Copy and paste, drag and drop, or utilize the Safari plug-in to instantly save your favorite video!
YouTube now offers “Add to Offline” with their premium subscription, YouTube Red, for $12 per month ($144 per year). But Parallels Toolbox has over 30+ other helpful tools and is available for only $19.99 per year. YouTube Red offers additional services such as exclusive content, live sports, and ad-free viewing, but it’s clear the top-used feature of YouTube Red is the “Add to Offline” ability. If your only goal is to download YouTube videos to enjoy offline later, Parallels Toolbox is a much more cost-effective option—and it’s bundled with dozens of helpful tools to help out your Mac or PC.
Parallels Toolbox is our all-in-one solution with over 30 tools for macOS and Windows 10. With just one click, you can save space on your hard drive, create high-quality content, quickly optimize your computer for a presentation, and more. Our economical suite of tools replaces the need for multiple applications and is only $19.99 per year.
Make your life easier and start a free trial of Parallels Toolbox to get started today!
In my role at
Parallels, I spend a considerable amount of time on planes. My experience with
in-flight Wifi is that it’s really slow—and to add insult to injury, it’s also
really expensive. So before I leave for the airport, I spend a considerable
amount of time getting documents I want to read during the flight converted
into PDF files and stored on my iPad®.
If the documents I want are not already PDFs, converting them is pretty easy. My method for getting them on to my iPad, however, is Rube Goldberg-like, and I would be embarrassed to describe it to you. Luckily, I have recently found a straightforward, easy way to do this: use the iOS Share menu.
The Share menu was added to iOS in iOS 8. (One example is shown in Figure 1.) The new, streamlined way to get a PDF to my iPad uses the Share menu in your browser. I tested this using Safari, Edge, and Chrome, but it probably also works with other iOS browsers.
Just go to a webpage that has a link to the PDF you want, or just send yourself an email with a link to the PDF. When you click on that link, the PDF will open in your default browser. Use the Share menu in the browser to send that PDF to any app on your iOS device that can open and store PDF files. PDF-compatible apps include Apple Books, Adobe Acrobat, Amazon Kindle, and Readdle PDF Expert (my favorite), among many others.
Video 1 shows how easy it was for me to get a PDF into Acrobat:
I hope this simplifies
whatever method you use to get documents onto your iPad. If you have an even
simpler method, let us know in the comments. Also, if you have a simple way to
get videos onto your iOS device, let us know—I still don’t have a quick, easy
way to do so!
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Chances are high that you’re running a 64-bit/x64 operating system, application, or CPU—and you don’t even know it.
What is a bit?
By means of Lifewire’s definition, a bit is shorthand for binary digit. In laymen’s terms, this is where you see units of measurements regarding 1s and 0s and can apply to computer networking or memory. Sometimes you’ll see the formatting as “32-bit” or “x32.” These two formats represent the same thing.
32-bit and 64-bit operating systems
The 32-bit processor was the most popular processor used by computers until the early 1990s. Both Intel Pentium and AMD processors were 32-bit, which means Microsoft’s Windows 95, 98, and XP are all 32-bit operating systems. However, a slight shift occurred in 2003 when Microsoft released a 64-bit version of Windows, and then in 2005 shifted the internal processor to a 64-bit AMD processor.
Microsoft Windows utilizing a more powerful processor in combination with a more powerful operating system unlocked a lot of potential with improved security, better game performance, and the ability to allocate more memory as needed. Why does this matter? Every personal computer (whether a Mac® or PC) has a 32-bit OS or 64-bit OS, and this dictates the user experience. The OS and the software used is the underlying foundation for our productivity.
Difference between 32-bit and 64-bit CPUs
Simply put, a 64-bit processor is more capable than a 32-bit processor because it can handle more data in any given moment.
The most popular consumer reference to a x64 processor in CPUs or hardware is the Nintendo 64. Hence, the name. Personally, I always thought this was due to 64 games being released with the Nintendo 64 (haha). Nope, it’s due to the processor. Additionally, through a popular HowStuffWorks article, I’ve learned that this specific processor was a customized chip system that was named the 64-bit R4300i “Reality Engine.” (Insert an oooh and an ahhhhh here.)
What’s the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit software?
HowToGeek outlined a very helpful article: “Why are most programs still 32-bit on a 64-bit version of Windows.” It provides useful information about why users should care about the difference and how it effects their productivity.
The biggest and most simple way to answer what the difference is between 32x and 64x software is that the 64x version will be more secure and reliable.
How to check if a macOS application is 32-bit or 64-bit
If you’re on macOS® Mojave, it’s quite easy to see if any application on your Mac is either 32- or 64-bit. Follow this pathway:
Apple menu > About This Mac > System Report
From the System Report, scroll to Software > Applications> Select your desired Application
Depending on the applications on your Mac, you may see mostly 64-bit, some 32-bit, or all 32-bit. This is entirely dependent on your personal setup.
How to run older 32-bit operating systems and applications on your Mac
Running older 32-bit operating systems or software on your Mac is quick and easy. With Parallels Desktop® for Mac, you can virtualize any 32-bit operating system in a virtual machine and run your needed application. 32-bit operating systems could be either macOS or Windows. For example, this is what a 32-bit macOS virtual machine looks like in Parallels Desktop:
Running a macOS virtual machine on the macOS with Parallels Desktop may seem a bit redundant, but it is absolutely necessary for users who need older 32-bit operating systems or applications. It’s also necessary for developers to code, test, and deploy without buying secondary machines.
Downloading a free trial of Parallels Desktop is easy! Simply download the .dmg, create a new virtual machine with the operating system needed, and run the application to get started.