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How to upgrade my virtual machine to Windows 10?

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  • I want to upgrade my Windows virtual machine to Windows 10. How do I do that?

Before you proceed

Please note that only the following versions of Windows are supported for the upgrade to Windows 10:

  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows 8.1 Update

For more information please refer to Microsoft Support: Windows 10 Specifications, Windows 10 Upgrade FAQ.

Also make sure that you are running the latest update of Parallels Desktop for Mac.

NOTE: Windows 10 free upgrade policy from Microsoft ended on July, 29. You may purchase a Windows 10 license from Microsoft at:


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

  1. Open this KB article in Internet Explorer of your virtual machine that you want to upgrade. Click here to open automatically, or copy the URL from Safari and paste to the Internet Explorer.

  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 make sure that you have at least 10GB of free space available on the virtual hard disk for the upgrade. You can check the amount of a free space in File Explorer of your Windows VM (C: partition). To add more free space please visit KB 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.

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