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How to upgrade my virtual machine to Windows 10?

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition

Question

  • I want to upgrade my Windows virtual machine to Windows 10 for free. How do I do that?
  • I don’t see the Windows 10 Reserve icon (Get Windows 10) in my virtual machine. How should I upgrade?

Resolution


NOTE: if you are using Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac use Upgrade to Windows 10 option which is available at Actions virtual machine menu (or either right click on the VM in Control Center or on its window when the VM is off):


To upgrade your Windows virtual machine to Windows 10 please follow the upgrade path given below:

  1. Make sure that you are running the latest version of Parallels Desktop. Only the latest build of Parallels Desktop 10 (10.4.0-29337) and Parallels Desktop 11 support Windows 10. Earlier versions of Parallels Desktop do not support Windows 10.

  2. Visit this article to find out whether your Windows version is 32-bit or 64-bit.

  3. Download one of the upgrade tool files (compatible with your version of Windows) using the direct links below:

    Download Tool Now (32-bit version)

    Download Tool Now (64-bit version)

    NOTE: for installing a 64-bit version of Windows 10 please make sure your virtual machine has at least 2GB of RAM assigned. To check virtual machine's RAM please open configuration menu -> Hardware tab -> CPU & Memory. To increase the memory you would need to shut down your virtual machine.

    Also at least 10 Gb free space on virtual hard disk is required. Add more free space on Windows as per http://kb.parallels.com/en/113972.

  4. Run the downloaded file and follow the steps to upgrade to Windows 10:

    Choose desired option

    Download installation media

    Prepairing to install

    Accept License Terms

    Confirm installation preferences

    Sit back and relax

  5. Once the upgrade is finished you can shut the virtual machine down and rename it (Configure... -> General) - it's Windows 10 now.


As an alternative resource on this topic, we also recommend visiting this blog post:

How to Install Windows 10 in Parallels Desktop 11

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