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Parallels for Mac 4.0 Having Problems

Regular readers of this blog will know that I was enthused about the latest version of Parallels for Mac, which allows you to create a Windows environment on your Mac. Well, if you've started using it, you may be less enthused than me, since there are some problems that are affecting customers.

I got an update from Parallels last night informing me that "Some of Parallels' customers had difficulty upgrading to 4.0," the latest version. A new build is available for download, so if you're having issues, try using this latest rev.

This page, detailing some of the fixes, shows that there are some serious issues with the previous 4.0 build. There are apparently lots of blue screens of death and other problems. Here's a partial list, from the Parallels page:

At times Parallels networking drivers don't start after the restart of Mac OS X - fixed.
- Copy-paste operations may fail in some cases when the virtual machine is in Coherence - fixed.
- Copy-paste operations may fail in some cases when non-text data is being copied to Windows - fixed.
- Inability to switch to a Windows application using Application Switcher when the virtual machine is in Coherence - fixed.
- Redundant network icons appear in the Mac OS menubar after switching between the view modes - fixed.

That's just a small sampling of the overall list. I have to say, Parallels, that I'm not impressed. It's very good that you were able to get fixes out the door this quickly, and owned up to your mistakes. But this is not one or two isolated problems; this is a host of issues, and most should have been found before 4.0 was ever released.

Have you experienced issues with Parallels 4.0? Let me know what's happened in your case.

Posted by Keith Ward on 11/25/2008 at 12:48 PM


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