How to Use RescueTime with VMWare, Parallels or Other Virtual Systems

If you are using VMWare, Parallels, or other virtual systems and want to track your activity in both your host and virtual operating systems (OS), you can set up RescueTime to do so. Here are the steps:

  1. Install RescueTime on your primary OS (host OS) and make sure it is working properly.
  2. Start your virtual OS using VMWare or Parallels, and then install RescueTime on the virtual OS.
  3. Verify that RescueTime is working correctly on the virtual OS.

However, once you have RescueTime installed on both your host OS and your virtual OS, you may get double reporting when you are on your virtual OS because your host OS will also be tracking the time you spend in VMWare or Parallels. To resolve this issue, you need to configure RescueTime to ignore the virtual machine application. We share details on how to ignore an application here.

Once you've completed these steps, RescueTime will no longer track your activity in the virtual machine application, and you'll get accurate reporting for your activities in both your host and virtual OS.

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