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How to install Windows 8.1 BootCamp virtual machine?

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  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

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How to install Windows 8.1 BootCamp VM from scratch?

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Before proceeding please check if Windows 8.1 is using EFI/UEFI or BIOS firmware interface: How to know if my computer is using EFI/UEFI or BIOS firmware interface

  1. Make sure your Mac satisfies the System Requirements.

  2. Create Boot Camp partition via Boot Camp Assistance.

  3. Put DVD disk with the burned Windows 8.1 image in the DVD drive or Plug in bootable Windows 8.1 USB drive.

  4. Follow Windows Installation steps.

  5. Download Drivers

  6. Install Boot Camp software.

  7. Boot OS X:

    • While booting hold on Option key to choose the required drive.
  8. Start Parallels Desktop.

  9. Install BootCamp virtual Machine:
    • In the Parallels Desktop menu bar go to File -> New.
    • In the Parallels Wizard choose 'Use Windows from Boot Camp'.
    • Proceed with Windows installation.

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