How to make the internet connection of windows 10 available in Parallels

Seito Horiguchi
3 min readAug 24, 2021

If you use a MacOS PC but wanna use Windows OS, installing Parallels will probably be a best practice.

It is the virtualization tool and you can run Windows in your Mac PC.

But you may be in struggle when you try to connect with internet at the first.

Today, I’ll show a few solutions which may help you.

1. Activate “Shared Network”

“Shared Network” shares the internet setting in your Mac to Windows in Parallels.

As “Shared Network” is the easiest option, although the menu also has others, such as “Wi-Fi”, I don’t recommend them.

To activate “Shared Network”,

  1. Click the Parallels menu on your menubar and choose “Configure…

2. Go to “Hardware” on the top, and go to “Network” on the left side

3. Choose “Shared Network (Recommended) from “Source:”

Please don’t forget lock the key on the bottom left finally.

2. Invalidate IPv6 setting

In one of possibilities, “IPv6 setting” may disturb you from validating your internet.

If so, please try this 2nd solution!

  1. Click the Parallels menu on your menubar and choose “Configure…
  2. Go to “Hardware” on the top, and go to “Network” on the left side
  3. Click “Advanced…” under “Source:”
  4. Click “Open Network Preferences…”

5. Choose “Shared” on the left side

6. Choose “IPv6” tab

7. Uncheck “Enable IPv6 DHCP”

Please don’t forget lock the key on the bottom left finally too.

3.Overwrite the authorization setting from Terminal

If your internet is not available, I offer this solution.

Please shutdown Parallels before starting this way just in case.

  1. Open Terminal app
  2. Put this command end Enter
sudo nano /Library/Preferences/Parallels/network.desktop.xml

3. Rewrite a part

Terminal will output codes like this.

<?xml version=”1.0" encoding=”UTF-8"?> ...

And you can find “UseKextless” part. Please rewrite the number to “0” like this.

# Before
<UseKextless>-1</UseKextless>
# After(Expectation)
<UseKextless>0</UseKextless>

4. After that, you can save by “Ctrl + X”

5. Terminal will ask you whether you save it or not. And you can answer Yes by “Y”

6. You can close them by “Enter”

After that, you can restart Parallels and its internet will automatically run!

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