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Metro style applications do not work in Windows 8 Virtual Machine

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac
  • Parallels Workstation 6.x

Symptoms

Metro style applications do not work in Windows 8 Virtual Machine which has been installed in express installation mode.
After you click any metro application's icon, clear green background appears instead of running application.

Cause

There are 3 possible reasons when Metro applications may behave in a way described above:
  1. Guest OS resolution is less than 1024x768 px.
  2. Working under the local Administrator account or update from Windows 8 Developer Preview to Windows 8 Consumer Preview. 
  3. Old Hardware (Intel GMA950, X3100, ATI X1600) / Mac OS(10.5.8).

Resolution

Inorder to solve this issue, please apply one of the following workarounds:

1. Guest OS resolution is less than 1024x768 px.

Increase Virtual Machine's resolution to at least 1024x768 px (pull the corner of VIrtual Machine window to resize it, click 'Maximize' button in the left up corner of the window). Or enter the Full Screen view mode.

2. 
Working under the local Administrator account or update from Windows 8 Developer Preview to Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Create another User account and try to launch applications under this User account.

3. 
Old Hardware (Intel GMA950, X3100, ATI X1600) / Mac OS(10.5.8).

Go to Device Manager (enter devmgmt.msc in a Windows search bar) and disable Parallels Display Adapter.



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