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Parallels Desktops for macOS

Parallels is among the easiest and most powerful solutions for running Windows on a Mac without rebooting. The academic version of Parallels Desktop for Mac is available for enrolled college/university students via the Parallels website. The Student Edition is a discounted 1-year subscription.

System Requirements

Best Performance
To run most applications such as Microsoft Office, accounting, trading, SAP, Matlab and more.For graphics-intensive applications, high loads and running multiple virtual machines.
Apple M1 chip, Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, Intel Core M or Xeon ProcessorApple M1 chip, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, or Xeon Processor
Memory4 GB of RAM16 GB of RAM or more
Storage600 MB for Parallels Desktop application installation.
Additional space for the guest operating system (at least 16 GB is required for Windows 10).
SSD drive
GraphicsApple M1 chip, Intel, AMD Radeon or NVIDIAApple M1 chip, AMD Radeon Pro graphics card
Operating SystemmacOS Big Sur 11.1 or newer
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 or newer
macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or newer
macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or newer
macOS Big Sur 11.1 or newer
DirectX 11 requires at least macOS Mojave 10.14 but works best on macOS 10.15 Catalina or newer

How can I start with Parellels?

Make sure that the web page where you place your order corresponds to your location.

Select your country and language from the drop-down list in the upper right corner:

If a Student License is not available for your location at the Parallels Online Store, check availability with local resellers in your region.

  1. To buy Parallels Desktop for Mac Student Edition, scroll down the product page until you see Save with Student Edition. Click on the link.
  2. Confirm your eligibility by completing the form.*

Note: Only one copy of Parallels Desktop may be obtained after being verified. This limit was implemented to prevent unauthorized retrading.

*verification and eligibility services are provided by SheerID

Students can obtain a copy from the NC State Bookstore for $39.99.

How do you install Windows on Mac?


  1. Download the Parallels Desktop installer to your Mac.
  2. Double-click the.dmg installation file to mount it in Finder, then double-click Install.
  3. Read through the Software License Agreement and click Accept.
  4. Once prompted, enter your local Mac user password to finalize the installation.