Using Windows 10 on Mac OS with Parallels 9

First, “Why aren’t you using Parallels 10?” you ask. On principle, really. This is NOT $79 software. The price, offends me. It’s not even about the money – if I was a billionaire, I would still struggle to pay the $79 for Parallels because it’s simply not worth that price. This is just typical for Apple, you have a software maker who charges this much because they can – and it irks me to no end!!!

*takes a deep breathe*

ANYhow, so there was a sale on NewEgg for Parallels 9 which was $15, after using a coupon code (thanks, Bernardo!). In fact, it’s back to $30 at the moment, which isn’t half-bad. So, I picked up a copy for my Mac – so that I could run virtual machines a little better than with Virtual Box.

“Aww, what’s in the box?”
This is sort of funny – they shipped a box, as pictured – but it just had a card in it with the serial number. No media; no DVD! It’s weird that they don’t just offer the serial number electronically? It seems silly to wait a week and ship a box through the mail – which simply has a number written on it!

The “what’s in the box?” reference (NSFW language)

The settings for Windows 10 to work on Parallels 9
I tried several settings – and the particular set below is what consistently makes the virtual machine work fine for the Windows 10 technical preview (build 10074, as of this writing).

I mean that I otherwise ran into errors of Windows 10 hanging on boot-up, sometimes the Start menu wouldn’t work (but other things did), and many core Windows features were broken. For example, if you right-clicked on the desktop and chose Personalize, it would give a registry error.

So, the settings below are what worked for me. There certainly might be other configurations that work too – but this is at least one configuration that seems to consistently work.




Unless noted above, I took the default settings for “Other Windows” when setting up the virtual machine. Again, this works consistently on my particular Mac.

Posted in Apple Stuff, Computers and Internet, General, Infrastructure, New Technology, Professional Development, Uncategorized, Windows

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