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Where to find Parallels Desktop for Windows and Linux activation key?

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  • Parallels Desktop for Windows & Linux

License Key File

If you have Parallels Desktop installed on your computer and activated with a license key (either trial or commercial), it stores all the information about the key itself, personal and company data you have provided during the activation, in a special License key file.
This file is kept during the whole period of Parallels Desktop use on the computer, and accumulates the information about every key ever inserted in "Activate product" field. If you once decide to remove Parallels Desktop from the machine, you will be asked whether you would like to save or delete License key file. You can use the file to restore a lost activation key.

The name and location of  License key file depends on Host operating system type.

Parallels Desktop for Linux

License key file on Linux machines by default is called licenses.xml and is placed in /etc/parallels/ directory

Use
'cat' command issued in Terminal to check the license information:

cat /etc/parallels/licenses.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
- <Licenses schemaVersion="1.0">
  <User>Administrator</User>
  <Company>Parallels<Company />
- <Keys>
  <Key>QWDOIB-AYSFZT-717CNO-DRHSNF-H2DJL7G</Key>
  </Keys>
  </Licenses>

Parallels Desktop for Windows

License key on Windows machines could be found in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Parallels folder and is also named licenses.xml

You can open and revise this file with
any text editing application (Notepad, Word Pad etc):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
- <Licenses schemaVersion="1.0">
  <User>Administrator</User>
  <Company>Parallels<Company />
- <Keys>
  <Key>QWDOIB-AYSFZT-717CNO-DRHSNF-H2DJL7G</Key>
  </Keys>
  </Licenses>



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