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Parallels now supports running Windows 10 inside OS X

Parallels today released an update for their OS X virtualization software that will allow Mac users to download, install, and run the Windows 10 Technical Preview as a virtual machine. Yes, Windows 10 on OS X (ten) through Parallels 10. It's a mouthful, and technically experimental support right now. But it's also another avenue for people to try out Microsoft's latest and greatest OS (itself in a not-quite-finished state) without having to resort to crazy things like partitioning.

The update to Parallels brings it to version 10.1.4, and is a free update for existing Parallels 10 users. If you have an installation of Parallels 8 or 9 it's a $49.99 upgrade, while new customers will have to fork over a hefty $79.99 for the privilege of running a virtual Windows 10 machine on their physical OS X machine. That said, it does give the Mac user much more flexibility in their choice of OS — they can concurrently run OS X and with Windows 10 (as well as older versions of Windows, Ubuntu, and more) in a window.

If you want to check it out, the update for Parallels is available now, or you can download it for a free two-week trial from the Parallels website (opens in new tab).

Source: Parallels

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • Luvly Jubbly;) Sent from the iMore App
  • uhhh... i've been running Windows 10 in VirtualBox on a Mac since the beta was released to the public (Heaven's to Murgatroyd, Yosemite EVEN!) That along w/ XP, Win7, and Win8/8.1 all to support clients. Granted, i don't run them full time, but i've found the free VirtualBox to be an excellent app. Got sick of buying a new version of Parallels or VMWare Fusion (along w/ VPN Tracker, etc.) every time a new OS X version came out!
  • Amen, I've held on to Parallels 9 because I only needed Windows for one stupid program but with the next OS X update I'm sure it will no longer be supported. Virtual Box here I come.
  • I'm confused: I've been running windows 10 tech preview on a Mac running parallels 10 for a while now... What changed?
  • same here. don't know why this is news
  • I don't think Windows 10 was officially supported in Parallels until this update but, Parallels likes to make people think they've added magical new shit so that when Windows 10 goes official they will break compatibility and make you upgrade to Parallels 11... For a small fee of course.
  • @devonair +1
  • Im thinking of buying an apple laptop but I really need windows for work. Does this really work?? I mean, does it run smooth and you could do everything you can on a normal PC? Sent from the iMore App
  • Parallels and VMWare Fusion both work with not issues at all but honestly if you want it for work and not gaming, free Virtualbox is perfectly fine and updated all the time and FREE.
  • Dont forget macs biult in boot camp that allows you to install a copy of windows on your mac but you would need to restart your mac everytime you switch OS's.
  • I'm running windows 10 but on a separate partition. Which means I have to reboot every time I want to switch. It works smoothly though. Been doing this when both OS X Yosemite and windows 10 were still in beta. Sent from the iMore App
  • 2 things.
    1. What happened to windows 9?
    2. No thanks, windows 8 was the reason I moved to MAC. It SUCKS!!
  • Amen