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Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Activation

  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
  • Customer Service and Licensing


Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac can be activated in the following ways:

  • Immediately after the application is installed and the key is registered.

  • After it has been activated with a trial key.

If your Mac is not connected to the Internet, you will not be able to permanently activate Parallels Desktop and will only be able to use the non-activated copy for 14 days. If Parallels Desktop 8 is not activated within 14 days, it will be blocked.

To permanently activate Parallels Desktop 8 with a commercial key, you need to connect your Mac to the Internet or proceed with manual activation.

Immediate Activation

Once you have completed installing Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac it will prompt you to activate it automatically.

Note: Internet connection is required for immediate activation.

If your Mac is connected to the Internet, but you still have issues with activation, please refer to

  • Please enter your Activation Key (dashes will be added automatically):

  • Once you enter the key, it will be validated. If the key is valid, it will be marked with a check mark:

    If the key is not valid, it will be marked with red cross sign.

    Check if you entered the key correctly.

  • If the key has been successfully validated, click Activate.

    If your Mac is connected to the Internet, Parallels Desktop 8 will be successfully activated.

Manual Activation

In case your Mac cannot be connected to the Internet, activate Parallels Desktop 8 manually.

  • Once you try to activate Parallels Desktop 8 without Internet connection, "Unable to confirm the product license" notification will be shown:

  • Click OK.

  • On the next screen you will see manual activation instructions:

  • To complete activation of Parallels Desktop 8, copy your alphanumeric activation ID and email it to or insert it into the web page

  • Once you receive a Confirmation Code, enter it into the field and click Activate.

Activating after using a Trial Version of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

If you installed Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac using a Trial License, you can upgrade it anytime to a full commercially purchased license by following the instructions below:

  1. Launch your Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac application.

  2. Go to Parallels Desktop and select Activate Product from the drop-down menu.

  3. Enter your purchased key for Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac.

  4. Click Activate.

If your Mac is not connected to the Internet, see Manual Activation section above.

Activating with an Upgrade Key for Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

If you purchased an upgrade key for Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and need instructions on activating your copy, please see the following Knowledge Base article to learn how:

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