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How to Install OS X Mavericks in a Virtual Machine Using Parallels Desktop 8

How to Install OS X Mavericks in a Virtual Machine Using Parallels Desktop 8

Earlier, we reported that Parallels Desktop 8 had been updated to support running the OS X Mavericks Developer Preview – but for those who aren’t clear on how to make it work, or those who want a quick cheat sheet, Parallels has posted a full guide to installing Mavericks atop OS X Mountain Lion in a virtual machine.

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Note that you mist have the latest update to Parallels Desktop 8 in order for this to work correctly. From Parallels:

Installing OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview in a blank virtual machine is not supported at this time.

However, you can upgrade an already existing OS X virtual machine to OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview. To do so, please follow these steps:

  1. If your virtual machine is running, shut it down and click Virtual Machine > Take Snapshot. If anything goes wrong, you will be able to roll back the changes.
  2. Click Virtual Machine > Configure > Hardware > Video and set 128 MB of video memory.

  1. Once ready, start the virtual machine and download OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview.

  2. Double-click the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions.

That’s all there is to it – with a bit of time and a dose of luck, you’ll be up and running Mavericks on your Mountain Lion install in no time!

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