on Thursday announced the release of a new Update Release Candidate (RC2) for Parallels Desktop, their virtualization software that lets Intel-based Mac users run Windows right alongside Mac OS X without having to reboot first. It’s available for download now.
The new version of Parallels Desktop corrects an issue that prevented previous builds from running on Mac Pro systems and Intel Core 2 Duo-equipped Macs with more than 2GB of RAM. This new version supports up to 16GB of RAM thanks to utility that helps users configure the software.
The RC2 Update can be applied to existing installations of Parallels Desktop without requiring a reinstallation of any guest operating systems or applications — but users should reinstall Parallels Tools after upgrading.
Parallels predicts the final version of the update will be released in the next few weeks — it’ll be available through the auto-update feature of Parallels Desktop.
Parallels Desktop is available for a free 15-day trial download; it costs $79.99.