Knowledgebase: Systems
Parallels - Windows Installation
Posted by Wilamowski, Joshua on 07 March 2017 10:56 AM

Step 1: Grab ISO from Landesk

Navigate to \\\Images\ISO and choose the proper ISO file.

Step 2: Create a new virtual machine

In the Applications folder open Parallels Desktop and choose File > New.




Click Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file, then click Continue.




Step 3: Select the installation media

You may install Windows from a DVD or an .iso disc image, or a bootable USB drive.

Important: Windows installation files with an .exe extension can be used only to upgrade an existing Windows virtual machine (VM). If you are performing a new install to create a new Windows VM, the .exe installation file will not work. Please contact a retailer to request either a physical disc or an .iso image.

Parallels Wizard will detect the installation media automatically for installing Windows.



You can also switch to manual mode and choose the source for Windows installation.



Step 4: Enter your Windows product key

Click Continue. In the Windows Product Key window, leave Express installation selected.



Step 5: Select how you want to use Windows

Select how you want to use Windows in Parallels Desktop for Mac:

  • Productivity
  • Games only

And in Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro and Business Edition:

  • Software development
  • Software testing
  • Design

To learn more about virtual machine profiles, visit KB 123878.

Step 6: Specify a name and location

Name: You may specify a name for your virtual machine.

Location: The default location for Parallels Desktop virtual machines is /Users/username/Documents/Parallels.

If you want other user accounts on your Mac to have access to this installation of Windows, select "Share with other users of this Mac".

If you want to change your default virtual machine settings select Customize settings before installation. These settings can also be changed easily after installation.



Step 7: Begin the installation

Click Continue and Windows installation will begin. Once Windows is installed, launch it by opening a Windows application or by clicking the Power button in the Parallels Virtual Machines list.

Important: The first time you start Windows, Parallels Tools will be installed to allow seamless operation between Windows and OS X. Please do not cancel or stop the installation process. Once the Parallels Tools are installed, you will be prompted to restart Windows.

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