Thursday, March 08, 2007

How to upgrade Parallels

How to upgrade from 1970 to 3186 painlessly - Parallels Support Forum: "Some folks seem to have had trouble with this, so here's how I did it. Everything seems to work fine.

1) Using the original version (1970) start each VM and uninstall Parallels tools using Add / Remove Programs. When the uninstall asks you to restart, just shut down.

2) After all VMs are modified, install 3186 over 1970 (no need to uninstall first).

3) Reboot the Mac.

4) Start each VM. Log in. Cancel any new hardware wizards. Install tools from the actions menu. When the tools install is complete, restart the VM.

When I installed tools, I deselected coherence and favorites since I don't plan to use those 'features'. I also disabled sharing of the desktop for security reasons.

So far, everything is working as well as or better than 1970. Drag and drop between Mac and Windows desktops works just fine (and is all I need).

Thanks Parallels team. The product runs everything I need (except one app that I haven't had a chance to test and probably won't work, but that's what bootcamp is for, and I use it rarely so the extra reboot and the 5 gig it uses is no real hardship).
MacBook Pro 1.83; core duo; 2GB RAM, 160G HD 10.4.8
Win2K Pro, 768 Meg RAM Build 3186"


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