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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 disc 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:

http://personaluselicense.windows.com/en-US/default.aspx

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

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

http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/resources/

Detailed instructions on how to install Windows into Parallels Desktop can be found in this article:

http://kb.parallels.com/4729

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Windows

Windows key

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Please insert an operating system installation CD

There is no operating system installed in this virtual machine.




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