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[PD] Unable to create Windows 8 VM

  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Standard Edition


  • I am unable to create Windows Virtual machine through Parallels Wizard - After I click 'Create' an endless spinning wheel shows in Parallels Wizard window. It does not matter whether I install Windows from CD or installation image.


To workaround the issue, please do the following:

  1. Create new administrator user account on Mac OS X:

System Preferences - Users & Groups - '+' - set any name with simple password (e.g. 123) - click 'Create user' - check the option 'Allow user to administer this computer'.

  1. Login to the new user account. Open Parallels Desktop - File - New... While setting Windows virtual machine installation, at 'Name and Location' step please check 'Share with other users of this Mac'.

  2. Proceed with virtual machine creation and Windows installation.

  3. Once the virtual machine is installed, please login back to your main user account. Open Parallels Desktop - File - Open... - locate newly created virtual machine under /Users/Shared/Parallels/


This behavior is currently under investigation by the Development team of Parallels Desktop.

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