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Does Windows come with my purchase of Parallels Desktop for Mac?

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Parallels Desktop for Mac does not include Microsoft® Windows. If you don't have a Windows® installation disc or .iso disk image, you can purchase Windows on a DVD from many retail stores that sell software or online from retailers such as Amazon.com or the Microsoft Online Store.

For Windows 8 or 8.1, you can use either the full product purchased at retail, or you can purchase the Windows 8 or 8.1 OEM System Builder version and use it in accordance with Microsoft Personal Use Rights. Please be advised that if you choose Windows 8 or 8.1 OEM System Builder Personal Use Rights, you will receive limited support from Microsoft as set forth here:


For earlier versions of Windows, you should purchase the full product from a Microsoft authorized retailer.

A list of all compatible Windows versions is available on this page:


Detailed instructions on how to install Windows into Parallels Desktop can be found in KB 4729.

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Windows key

Windows license

Please insert an operating system installation CD

There is no operating system installed in this virtual machine.

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