Forum Question: Can Parallels be used to run more than one OS X version on one machine?

Specifically, Lion is going to be a real problem for me, because a lot of my favorite apps are PowerPC. I want to know If I can keep Snow Leopard and run it under Parallels, or Install Lion in such a way that it runs in Parallels. I really expected to see an article about this somewhere by now, but if there has been one I’ve overlooked it.
Kirk Aplin

Comments: 13 Responses to “Can Parallels be used to run more than one OS X version on one machine?”

    7/13/11 @ 1:17 pm

    No, you won’t be able to run Snow Leopard in Parallels.
    You will be able to partition a hard drive into two parts: one Lion and one Snow Leopard. No magic to that. You can do that now with Two Snow Leopards or a Leopard and a Snow Leopard (I have done that particular one in the past).
    Another option would be to have an old Mac around for those old apps, and move your latest machine to Lion.
    But, tell me, which applications are your favorites that are still PowerPC? I can’t imagine using a piece of software that hasn’t been updated in the last 5 years. Which ones are they?

      Kirk Aplin
      7/13/11 @ 3:00 pm

      To name a few: Quicken 2005, AppleWorks (there’s still no good substitute for the AW database module), Aargon Deluxe, Final Draft 7, Latin Words, Mah Jong Medley, …

        7/13/11 @ 3:31 pm

        Lots being written about Quicken. You can use their latest version (Essentials) or go online (, or an alternative company. Try Bento for databases. Lots of software like Final Draft (Try Montage). As for those games, there are lots of other games in the same genre that are up-to-date.

          Kirk Aplin
          7/13/11 @ 6:05 pm

          Essentials won’t print checks. (?!?)
          Tried Bento – cute, but wants to force me into what “normal” people do.

          If I liked any of the “updates” or “similar” software, I’d get it, but haven’t seen anything better, or for that matter, as good as what I use now.

            7/13/11 @ 6:52 pm

            Bento’s big brother is FileMaker Pro. Maybe that? I thought the same thing about Bento at first, but then I discovered I would ignore their templates and build anything I wanted.

        8/17/11 @ 2:22 pm

        Also motionlingo’s motiontrek. They are out of business so no updates. Run on PPC or don’t run it.

    Fred Greenhut
    7/15/11 @ 12:31 pm

    I have over 500 AppleWorks documents and spreadsheets.
    Lion won’t recognize them. What to do?

      7/15/11 @ 1:16 pm

      AppleWorks was discontinued a long, long time ago. But Pages and Numbers opens those old files just fine.

        Fred Greenhut
        7/16/11 @ 7:06 pm

        Thank you Gary. Can they all be bulk converted to pages and numbers?

          7/16/11 @ 9:34 pm

          No need. You can just open them in Pages when you need them.

    7/21/11 @ 11:16 am

    I’m tired of people telling Quicken users to just use Essentials or “other” without any idea of what all is involved. The only product that even comes close (that I have found so far) is See Finance as it handles complex (short sales in odd lot sizes and out of sync buys to cover) investment accounts. iBank, MoneyDance can’t do it.

    Even so, I want a way to go back to Quicken should it become necessary.

    Looks like another machine may be the only answer. I think See Finance will work fine but I’m not upgrading until I’m sure. Also, maybe a .1 release would be a good idea. For those that have multiple applications, the idea of split partitions may be a good idea if you don’t need the apps very often.

    7/25/11 @ 12:54 am

    Nikon slide scanners (Cool Scan V etc) are still the best slide scanners yet Nikon no longer sell them and no software upgrades have occurred for over three years. Can’t run under Lion so I need to run both Lion and Snow Leopard.

      7/25/11 @ 7:27 am

      So are you saying that there is special software you need to use to access these scanners? How about Preview? Preview can usually access any scanner.

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