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Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac is the fastest, easiest, and most powerful application for running Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting. Parallels Desktop 17 supports Sidecar, DirectX 11, is ready for macOS Monterey and optimized for Intel and Apple M1 chip.

Includes Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Parallels Access at no additional cost! Super-charge your Mac with over 50 new features.

Key Features

  • Run Windows and Mac applications side by side
  • Uncompromised performance
  • Supports Windows 10 and is ready for macOS Big Sur 11.0
  • Parallels Toolbox for Mac
  • Parallels Access
  • Works with Boot Camp®
  • One-click tuning to optimize performance
  • “New to Mac” videos to easily get you started

Eligibility: Students & Faculty. Available in select countries, some restrictions and other exceptions may apply.

Looking to get Parallels for your entire class? Order Parallels Desktop for your students at once by placing a bulk order here.


Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac
Average rating:  
 12 reviews
 by Michael on Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac

OnTheHub is great and gets 5 stars. Regarding Parallels, I agree with the other reviewers who are very disappointed that Parallels is forcing updates every year (i.e. when Mac OS updates).. I have decided to no longer use it and to enter use Oracle's Virtualbox or try out Vmware.

Hi Michael, thank you for the comment – best of luck with your Parallels alternatives!

 by Paul on Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac

I'm in the same boat and have decided a yearly subscription for the same price as a once personally owed educational license was the final straw for me. I'm now going back to VMWare Fusion. I've been a long time purchaser of Parallels, but no longer.

Sorry to hear of your disappoint! Good luck with VMware, and be sure to check out OnTheHub's student and faculty pricing before making your purchase!

 by Kevin on Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac

This was an excellent software that with version 14 removed the option for one-time purchase in favor of a full-price annual renewal. No thanks. Partition and reboot for free.

 by Ken on Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac

When TimeMachine failed to restore my Parallels, I thought it would be no problem, and that I would just buy another copy at the educator's discount, but that's not possible. Suddenly they're gouging us with an annual rental for the same price. It's not worth it. Parallels has lost a customer, and I'll no longer recommend it to my friends and colleagues.

 by Nick on Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac

I've been upgrading Parallels Desktop for years using onthehub for the educational discount. While I love the new features in v.14, I'm SUPER annoyed to find out that the purchase was only for a 1-year subscription. I should have read the description more carefully, but I assumed I was buying the program forever, like when I bought versions 12 and 13 for the same price ($39.99). It comes with Parallels Toolbox and Access, which is new and can only be used through a subscription no matter where you buy it, but the main software purchase should be permanent.

 by Adam on Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac

Parallels is a great way to run Windows only apps on a Mac. Awesome that you can get Windows from OnTheHub for free too.

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  • Operating System Windows 7 SP 1 or later, Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 10.
  • RAM 4 GB.
  • Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 or higher.
  • Internet connection required for product download, activation, updates, and select features.
Students, Faculty & Staff. Available in select countries, some restrictions and other exceptions may apply.

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