Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac can be activated in the following ways:
Immediately after the application is installed and the key is registered.
- After it has been activated with a trial key.
If your Mac is not connected to the Internet, you will not be able to permanently activate Parallels Desktop and will only be able to use the non-activated copy for 14 days. If Parallels Desktop 8 is not activated within 14 days, it will be blocked.
To permanently activate Parallels Desktop 8 with a commercial key, you need to connect your Mac to the Internet or proceed with manual activation.
Once you have completed installing Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac it will prompt you to activate it automatically.
Note: Internet connection is required for immediate activation.
If your Mac is connected to the Internet, but you still have issues with activation, please refer to
Please enter your Activation Key (dashes will be added automatically):
Once you enter the key, it will be validated. If the key is valid, it will be marked with a check mark:
If the key is not valid, it will be marked with red cross sign.
Check if you entered the key correctly.
If the key has been successfully validated, click Activate.
If your Mac is connected to the Internet, Parallels Desktop 8 will be successfully activated.
In case your Mac cannot be connected to the Internet, activate Parallels Desktop 8 manually.
Once you try to activate Parallels Desktop 8 without Internet connection, "Unable to confirm the product license" notification will be shown:
On the next screen you will see manual activation instructions:
To complete activation of Parallels Desktop 8, copy your alphanumeric activation ID and email it to email@example.com or insert it into the web page https://activatepd.parallels.com/pdfm8.
- Once you receive a Confirmation Code, enter it into the field and click Activate.
Activating after using a Trial Version of Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
If you installed Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac using a Trial License, you can upgrade it anytime to a full commercially purchased license by following the instructions below:
Launch your Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac application.
Go to Parallels Desktop and select Activate Product from the drop-down menu.
Enter your purchased key for Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac.
- Click Activate.
If your Mac is not connected to the Internet, see Manual Activation section above.
Activating with an Upgrade Key for Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
If you purchased an upgrade key for Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and need instructions on activating your copy, please see the following Knowledge Base article to learn how: https://kb.parallels.com/114588