5 reasons to choose Parallels Desktop over Boot Camp

Rebecca Petrie   March 20th 2017

Are you a PC user contemplating the big switch to Mac? Is your favorite game only available to play on Windows? Do you own a Mac but need access to …

Are you a PC user contemplating the big switch to Mac? Is your favorite game only available to play on Windows? Do you own a Mac but need access to Windows programs for certain classes? Whatever the case may be, rest assured – you can have the best of both worlds!

Apple’s Boot Camp and Parallels Desktop for Mac are applications allowing you to install Windows on your Mac. The big difference? Parallels Desktop for Mac is the world’s top-rated, bestselling and most trusted solution.

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should choose Parallels Desktop over Boot Camp.

No rebooting required!

There are only so many hours in a day to check items off your to-do list. Rebooting your computer shouldn’t be one of them. When using Boot Camp, you’re required to reboot your computer to access Windows or Mac OS X. This can disrupt your work and your time. Not to mention, you can only be on one operating system at once.

With Parallels Desktop, you can work on Windows and Mac OS simultaneously – no rebooting necessary!

Seamlessly switch from PC to Mac   

Parallels Desktop lets you work your way. Choose to run Windows in a virtual machine or use Coherence Mode where you can run Windows applications side-by-side with Mac applications. That’s right – browse the web with Microsoft Edge while creating a presentation in Keynote, write your paper in Microsoft Word while Siri sends you reminders, and much more. The options are endless!

Share or transfer data & files with the click of a button

Save yourself from headaches when transferring files from one operating system to the other. Parallels Desktop lets you share and transfer files, applications, browser bookmarks and more with a simple drag and drop. Have you recently switched from PC to Mac? It’s never been easier to move your complete PC to OS X. You can even link desktops between Windows and OS X so that any documents you created in one system are automatically copied and saved to the other system. No emails or USB needed!

Use your preferred operating system

Are you still using Windows XP or Vista? No problem! While Boot Camp only supports the most recent versions of Windows, Parallels Desktop supports older Windows versions as well as other operating systems like Linux and ChromeOS.

Get Parallels Toolbox and Access – for free!

Simplify your everyday tasks with Parallels Toolbox for Mac. You can archive your important files, record your lecture or study more productively with keyboard shortcuts and one-touch tools. Schoolwork doesn’t need to be so complex anymore.

You can also connect to your computer wherever you are with Parallels Access. That assignment you forgot to email today? With the tap of a finger, you can access your files and applications on your phone or from another computer. When you combine Parallels Desktop for Mac with Parallels Access, you can expect the unexpected.

The best part? When you download Parallels Desktop for Mac, you get Parallels Access and Parallels Toolbox at no cost.

Get all these perks that come with Parallels Desktop for Mac at 50% off through us! Now just $39.99 USD for eligible students, faculty and staff.

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50 Responses

  1. Andrew Love

    What are the system requirement of my Mac; how much ram, disk space, cpu speed? What is the installation like? Anti-virus?

    • Alex

      This are the system requirements
      A Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core M or Xeon processor
      4 GB of memory (8 GB recommended)
      850 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation

    • Elizabeth MacDougall

      Parallels Desktop can be run on any Mac computer running macOS Sierra 10.12, OS X® El Capitan 10.11.5, OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, or newer. However in order to run Windows on Parallels Desktop, you will have to provide/purchase your own valid Windows license. Search for your school at http://onthehub.com/search to see if you get Microsoft Windows 10 for no cost, or check out the other Parallels Desktop system requirements at estore.onthehub.com.

    • Elizabeth MacDougall

      That’s right! With Parallels Desktop, you can work on Windows and Mac OS simultaneously – no rebooting necessary!

  2. Danny Wilson

    I’ve used Parallels in the past and absolutely loved it. I am considering re-purchasing it, however, I have two questions. First, when moving my existing bootcamp installation to Parallels, will I be able to keep all of the settings that I have on windows and all of the installed plug-ins and application integrations? Second, is this a one-time purchase or do I have to pay a subscription? The last time I used Parallels, I recall having to pay a yearly amount. Not sure if that was because I had a pro version.

    • Elizabeth MacDougall

      Hi Danny, great questions! Parallels for Desktop 13 is a one-time purchase, so no need to worry about yearly subscriptions. As for transitioning from Boot Camp to Parallels, I suggest checking out this support item on Parallels’ support page: “Can I run my Boot Camp partition with Parallels Desktop?” (https://kb.parallels.com/en/112941). If this doesn’t work, you can also try searching for further answers at https://parallels.com/support/. Best of luck!

  3. June M Brown

    A must have product. that will enhance your productivity with academic and professional projects.
    The software is easily installed, and well defined program to easily navigate. Thus far I have not encountered any issues using the software , I simply love it.

  4. Hamidou Zoungrana

    If I get this it will help me a lot. Sometimes there are things I want to do on my MAC it is only possible though Windows.

  5. Tiffany Johnson

    I won’t be able to do it until Friday, is the discount still available? Also, is it a monthly or yearly contract?

    • Elizabeth MacDougall

      Hi Tiffany, if you are wondering about our Parallels “Better Together” Giveaway, the promo code you receive for entering the contest can be used up until March 26th, 2018. Also, Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac is a one-time purchase, meaning that there is no monthly or yearly cost. Once you buy it, it’s yours forever!


    I seriously wish I could afford a Mac. They are easier to use and the graphics are better than my PC.

  7. Susan from Victoria Canada

    I am intending to switch from a PC to a brand new iMac. Will Parallels migrate not only the data, but also my Windows programs with their license keys? Thank you.

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