Parallels Desktop 4.0.3846 update available

Parallels Desktop 4
Parallels, Inc. has released a maintenance update Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac last week, making the version to build 4.0.3846.

Build 4.0.3846 contains only bugfixes and improvements over previous update (build 4.0.3844), in particular, the support for Windows 7 has been improved in many aspects.

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Bugfixes and improvements in Parallels Desktop 4.0 Update (build 4.0.3844)
- Support for creating virtual machines with Mac OS X Leopard Server and Snow Leopard Server on Nehalem-based Mac Pros and Xserves added.
- Support for creating Boot Camp virtual machines with Windows Vista SP2 added.
- Support for creating Boot Camp virtual machines with Windows 7 added.
- Support for running Windows 7 in virtual machines improved.
- Windows 7 system tray icons improved.
- Express installation of Windows 7 added.
- Shared profile issues in Windows 7 fixed.
- Direct printing feature in Windows 7 - fixed.
- Sound card support in Windows 7- fixed.
- Other Windows 7 improvements and bugfixes.
- Support for running Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server in virtual machines - fixed.
- Problems with installing Parallels Tools in the Ubuntu Linux 9.04 guest OS - fixed.
- Support for using Mac OS X Snow Leopard (including the 64-bit version) on host computers improved.
- A number of bugs for using Parallels Desktop and running virtual machines on host computers with Mac OS X Snow Leopard fixed. Most important bugs are listed below:
* QuickLook plug-in crashes when trying to preview the contents of a PVM bundle (the crash is invisible for the user).
* The update may fail to install the downloaded updates for Parallels Desktop 4.0.
* Parallels Mounter and Explorer may fail to open Parallels Desktop disk images.
* It may be impossible to connect to the virtual machine from the iPhone client.
* Creating a virtual machine snapshot may take a very long time.
* Opening a web link from inside a Windows-based virtual machine in Mac Safari
using the Shared Internet Applications feature may result in appending garbage
to the link.
* On 64-bit host computers, connecting a USB device to a virtual machine may cause a kernel panic.
These and a number of other bugs have been fixed in Parallels Desktop 4.0 Update (build 4.0.3846).


Parallels Desktop 4 for Mac is a virtualization solution that enables users to create virtual machines on any Macintosh computer with an Intel processor (1.66 GHz or faster). Users can install a Windows, Linux, or other operating system in each of their virtual machines, and work with them and their applications side-by-side with their Mac OS X applications.

Parallels Desktop 4 for Mac supports many 32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems (for 64-bit operating systems in virtual machines, an Intel Core 2 or higher processor is required), DirectX 9.0 wiht Shaders Model 2, SSE4 support, Apple remote disk, experimental support of Windows 7, and iPhone integration (controlling virtual machines from an iPhone using Parallels Mobile app).

Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac has the following main features over version 3.0:

  • modality view mode
  • smart connect
  • smart mount
  • up to 50% performance enhancement and support for 8-way SMP, 8GB RAM and 64-bit OSes.
  • Adaptive Hypervisor
  • 3D graphics (accelerate Windows games and 3D graphics with support for DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.0)
  • Power Save (offers Mac user up to 20% longer battery life)
  • Bonus software ($175 value in bonus software)

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Parallels Desktop 4 for Mac requires a Macintosh computer with an Intel processor (1.66GHz or greater). To run 64-bit operating systems in virtual machines, an Intel Core 2 or higher processor is required.
Minnimum 1GB of RAM, 2GB of RAM is recommended. About 15GB of disk space for each virtual machine.
Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.2 or later, or Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.11 or later.

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