Windows 8.1 upgrade: step by step instructions and tips for Parallels Desktop users

1242 users found this article helpful

Information

Which Windows virtual machines can be upgraded to Windows 8.1?

Important: This article describes how to upgrade an existing Windows virtual machine to Windows 8.1; if you want to install Windows 8 from scratch, please see: KB 4729.

You can upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, but depending on which operating system you're upgrading from, you might not be able to keep all of your files, applications and settings.

The following table shows what you have the option of keeping during an upgrade:

When upgrading from You can keep
Windows 7 Personal files. You'll need to reinstall your programs after you upgrade to Windows 8.1
Windows Vista Nothing. You won't be able to keep any files, settings, or programs when you upgrade to Windows 8.1. Make sure to backup your data prior to upgrading.
Windows XP Nothing. You won't be able to keep any files, settings, or programs when you upgrade to Windows 8.1. Make sure to backup your data prior to upgrading.
Windows 8 Your files, desktop apps, user accounts, and settings come with you.

Important: If you create installation media to install Windows 8.1, and then start your virtual machine from that media and install Windows 8.1, you won't be able to keep your previous files, programs, or settings. To keep files, programs, or settings you must install Windows 8.1 by starting the installation from within your current version of Windows.

What should I do before upgrading my virtual machine to Windows 8/8.1?

My virtual machine is ready to be upgraded. What should I do next?

alttext
alttext
alttext
alttext
alttext
alttext
alttext
alttext

 

 

Was this article helpful?

Tell us how we can improve it.