Want separate desktop on Virtual Machine
November 19, 2009 5:13 PM   Subscribe

Question. I upgraded to Parallels 5.0 to run a Windows Virtual machine on my Macbook. The problem is that icons on the Windows desktop show up on the Mac desktop and vice versa. How can I set up Parallels so that both desktops are separate identities that don't impact each other?
posted by hdh to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I believe you need to disable 'convergence' mode in Parallels.
posted by porn in the woods at 5:31 PM on November 19, 2009


The feature is called "Shared Profile" and you can enable or disable it for any virtual machine. Here is the chapter from the user manual about the feature.
posted by kindall at 5:31 PM on November 19, 2009


Problem was resolved. I'm not sure what I did. I do know that the speed of Parrallels is now much faster since I dumped my Boot Camp partition and just went totally virtual. I had to reinstall the software I owned, but it is much more efficient now and they work as two separate machines, though i can transfer between them, with a drag and drop from the Mac through the Windows VM icon and from the Windows side to shared Parallel files.
Thanks everyone for the advice.
posted by hdh at 10:22 AM on December 6, 2009


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