Configuring Your Parallels Virtual Machine

After creating your Parallels virtual machine, you must configure it to provide at least 2 GB of RAM (preferrably 4 GB or more if available) to the Windows partition:

  • Open the Parallels application.
  • Select the virtual machine from the Parallels Virtual Machines window.
  • Open the Virtual Machine menu and choose Configure…
  • Click on the Hardware tab, and select CPU & Memory from the left column.
    • Check the amount of memory recommended under the Automatic option.
    • If your computer has less than the recommended amounts, choose the Manual option and set the amount of memory allocated to the virtual machine Processors to at least 2 GB of RAM (preferably 4 GB or more if available).
  • Click on the Options tab, and select Sharing from the left column.
    • Turn off (uncheck) Share Mac user folder with Windows.
    • Open the Share folders pull-down menu and choose Home Folder only.
  • Restart your virtual machine.
  • On the Windows desktop, you should see a folder called "Mac Files" with a "Home" folder nested inside. You can access any Mac Files saved to your Mac environment through this folder structure.

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