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How do I install a Windows 7 virtual machine on a Deakin Desktop Mac computer?

Note: The Windows 7 Virtual Machine allows Mac users to run Windows-only applications. This is only available in conjunction with Parallels Desktop software.

Parallels Desktop

Parallels Desktop is now licensed by Deakin University through the Parallels volume licensing option. If you require a copy of Parallels Desktop, please contact the IT Service Desk.

How do I install Parallels Desktop?

Once Parallels Desktop has been allocated to your computer, install it as follows:

  1. Open the Self Service catalogue, either from the main Applications folder or your Dock.
  2. Click the Applications category.
  3. Look for Parallels Desktop in the list of apps and click its icon.
  4. Read the information presented, then click the Install button.

Tip: You can also type "Parallels" into the Search box in the top right corner and press Return to find all items with the word "parallels" in their name or description.

What are the features of the Windows 7 Virtual Machine?

The Windows 7 VM for Parallels Desktop (W7VM) is a virtual machine designed to allow Mac users to run Windows-only applications. The virtual machine has been built on Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise, with the following features:

  • Checking at login for updates from Microsoft's WSUS service
  • Anti-virus scanning
  • Single user account with admin access

The virtual machine is not configured with Deakin Desktop services, such as SCCM Software Catalogue, App-V, Active Directory logins or roaming profiles. The virtualised PC is essentially a stock-standard "home" environment, requiring your installers and configuration.

What are the prerequisites for installing Windows 7 Virtual Machine?

The W7VM requires:

  • A Deakin Desktop managed Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 9.0 or above
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or above
  • A minimum of 2GB of RAM (4GB or more recommended)
  • At least 25GB of free hard disk space

It can be installed, via the Self Service application, by anyone who has a Deakin Desktop managed University-owned Mac. Assignment is automatic - if you have installed Parallels Desktop 7 or above, you will have the W7VM in your Self Service catalogue.

How do I install Windows 7 Virtual Machine?

  1. If necessary, request and install Parallels Desktop.
  2. Open Self Service from the Dock or the Applications folder.
  3. Click the Applications category.
  4. Look for "Parallels Desktop : Microsoft Windows 7 VM" and click its icon.
  5. Read the information presented, then click the Install button.

Installation may take 30-60 minutes. If you have difficulty finding the VM, type "Windows" or "Parallels" into the search box in the top right corner of Self Service.

Launching Windows 7 Virtual Machine

To launch, open the Parallels Desktop application icon, or click the Microsoft Windows 7.pvm icon in the Dock.

Note that the Parallels Desktop Windows 7 virtual machine was built some time ago. Since then, the University has chosen to move from McAfee VirusScan to a Microsoft anti-virus/anti-malware solution. It is strongly recommended that you uninstall McAfee VirusScan and install Microsoft Security Essentials in its place. Also in that time, numerous hotfixes and patches have been released by Microsoft. The Windows 7 virtual machine may take some time and several update passes to become fully up-to-date.


What will happen to my Windows XP virtual machine?

Installation of the W7VM does not upgrade, alter or remove other virtual machines on the computer, such as the Windows XP virtual machine previously available via hand-installation. It installs as a separate virtual machine. To migrate from Windows XP (or any other virtual machine) to Windows 7, copy your data from your older virtual machines to a flash drive or a Mac shared folder. Install your software into the Windows 7 VM, then copy your data over.

A message says that installation is complete, but Self Service still seems to be working

Self Service sometimes loses track of the installation task. As long as the message appears to confirm installation is complete, simply close the Self Service application.

Where does it get installed?

It's located in the path: /Users/Shared/Parallels/ and is labelled "Microsoft Windows 7.pvm". An icon for it should be added to the right-hand side of the Dock, and the Parallels application should also register this virtual machine in its "Virtual Machines List" (found in the Window menu within the Parallels menus). If for some reason you can't see it in the Virtual Machines List or in the Dock, you can browse to /Users/Shared/Parallels/ in the Finder, and double-click it there (it will subsequently be added to the "Virtual Machines List" - if you want it in the Dock, simply drag it there).

What is the login username and password?

The username is "admin", the password is "parallels". This information appears as a hint at the Windows 7 login window.

How do I tweak the virtual machine?

Shut down the Windows 7 environment, by clicking Start → Shut Down. From the Parallels Desktop application menu, select Configure, or right-click the Windows 7 machine in the list and select Configure. You can allocate additional memory to Windows 7, alter its performance, customise the emulated hardware, and configure the Windows-Mac integration features, such as shared folders.

Windows 7 is not working properly anymore

Re-run the Windows 7 VM install task from Self Service. This will restore the virtual machine to its original "known good" state. Software which was installed in Windows 7 will need to be re-installed. Data and files which were stored in the virtual machine should be copied out first.

How do I get it on my non-managed (non-Deakin Desktop) Mac?

The Windows 7 VM is only available through the Self Service catalogue on managed Deakin Desktop computers.

Anyone who has chosen to go the "unmanaged" route in order to look after their machine's software and configuration themselves, will also need to look after themselves with regards to Windows 7, including obtaining, installing and configuring it. From within Parallels Desktop, create a new blank virtual machine and follow the prompts in the wizard that appears.

Alternatively, eSolutions is happy to upgrade the computer to the Deakin Desktop environment. Contact the IT Service Desk to arrange an image refresh.

Where do I get software to install?

The Deakin Software Library has a number of applications that can be installed. Other products need to be obtained or purchased through normal mechanisms, such as downloading from the internet or boxed purchase from a store. If you require software to access specific corporate applications (e.g.: ResearchMaster), please contact the division or faculty that owns that corporate application (e.g.: Deakin Research).

Can I get it for home?

You can only install the W7VM on a managed, University-owned Mac. You may use it on your managed, University-owned Mac when you are at home or other locations.

What about Windows 8/Windows 10?

Windows 8 and Windows 10 are not supplied by eSolutions as a pre-built image through Self Service.

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