1. iMore Question's Avatar
    Hi,

    I have Parallels running XP on my MBP. Is there any way to run it safely? Some of my Win XP programs won't run on Win 7.

    Also, I take it that any infection on XP in Parallels would't affect the Mac; is this correct?

    Thank you,

    A Swedlow
    08-03-2014 05:46 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    A virus within Parallels should not affect your Mac. But within the XP environment I would recommend running some sort of antivirus program, probably a free one like Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast, etc.
    Also I would suggest getting the Parallels VM set up like you want it with the antivirus and whatever programs you are using and then make a copy or clone of the VM. That way if the one you are using gets infected you can just delete it (assuming you copy your data somewhere safe) and use the copy.
    Also I don't know what version of Win7 you have, but I believe the Win7 Pro version has a builtin XP mode which basically creates an XP VM within Windows. So you might be able to create a Win7 Parallels VM and then use that to run XP emulation mode just for programs that only work in XP.
    08-03-2014 05:55 PM
  3. ajl's Avatar
    You are correct. Parallels itself certainly doesn't put your computer in any danger. And if you're careful about what you download within XP, you should have no troubles all around.
    08-03-2014 07:19 PM

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