Parallels Desktop for Mac

Parallels Desktop is virtualization software that allows users to run Windows and Windows applications on their Mac computers.

Wharton Computing recommends students on a Mac who need access to a Windows environment do so via the Virtual Lab service. The virtual lab provides access to the same applications found on our public computers in a secure environment.

Please consult the below chart to decide which option bests suits your needs.



    Virtual Lab

Free to use 



Install software



Access to Dept. Applications



Offline access



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Windows on Parallels Desktop

A step-by-step guide for installing Windows on Parallels Desktop can be found here.


Students - Wharton Computing Student Support

Faculty - Academic Distributed Representatives

Staff - Administrative Support