Activate Windows 11 after installation in Parallels Desktop

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Activating Windows 11 in Parallels Desktop works the same way as on a PC. You can use any applicable existing Windows license to activate Windows 11 in Parallels Desktop or purchase a new Windows license.

For more information, please visit Microsoft FAQ.

Activate Windows 11

Purchase a new license

  1. Open Windows Settings > System > Activation.
  2. Click “Get a new license in the Microsoft Store app".
  3. Click "Buy" and proceed with the purchase process. Windows will be automatically activated after a successful purchase.

Activate with existing license

1.    Open Windows Settings > System > Activation.
2.    Click “Troubleshoot”.
 
3.    Click “I changed hardware on this device recently” on the appeared dialog:
 
4.    Sign in to your Microsoft account. Press Enter when prompted for the existing Windows password.
 
5.    Check the option “This is the device I’m using right now” and click “Activate”.
6.    Windows is activated now.

For more information, please visit Microsoft FAQ.

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