Chapter . Install and Use Parallels Desktop

Parallels Desktop was the first virtualization environment for Mac OS X, and it’s attracted a massive and loyal following. Unlike Boot Camp, Parallels lets you run Windows without having to reboot your Mac. (To learn more about Parallels, turn back to Parallels Desktop.)

Among the noteworthy features in Parallels Desktop (in latest build of version 3.0 as of early December 2007) are the following:

  • SmartSelect, which lets you associate any program (Windows or Mac) with any file type, so that double-clicking a file opens the appropriate application in the right operating system

  • 3D acceleration for games

  • Support for many (but not all) USB devices

  • Snapshots, which record the state of your virtual machine at different ...

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