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How to install MS Office or other software to Windows virtual machine

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition


  • Make sure you have Windows virtual machine installed.

  • Please also note that:

    You cannot install any Windows program to your Mac OS X directly;

    You cannot install any Windows program to non-Windows virtual machine (Ubuntu, Chrome OS, Android etc.);

  • Make sure your Windows virtual machine meets the system requirements of the software you want to install (amount of RAM, DirectX version, specific graphic cards, etc). Refer to your software manufacturer website or User's Guide/Manual.

Digital download

If you want to install a program downloaded from the Internet, then the installation process would be the same as on real PC:

  1. Start Parallels Desktop and Windows virtual machine.
  2. Log in to Windows.
  3. Open a web browser and download an installation file.

    NOTE: your Mac downloads are also available in Windows user's Downloads folder by default.

  4. Open the installation file and follow the instructions until the installation is complete.
  5. Some Windows programs may require to reboot Windows after installation.

Using CD/DVD disk

If you want to use CD/DVD disk to install a software, you need to connect the disk or image to Windows virtual machine first. The rest would be the same as in real PC.

  1. Start Parallels Desktop and Windows virtual machine.
  2. If your Mac is equipped with CD/DVD drive insert the disk. Otherwise you would need to create a disk image using these instructions.

  3. Go to Devices menu on Mac menu bar > CD/DVD > select the disk or click Connect Image... to choose an image file on Mac to connect to Windows.

  4. A pop-up notification should appear in Windows indicating that the disk or image was successfully connected to Windows. If notification does not appear, open Windows File Explorer and navigate to Computer > CD/DVD Drive > Launch the installation file (usually called setup.exe or install.exe).

  5. Follow the installation instructions. Refer to the software's User's Guide/Manual or website for more details on installation process.

NOTE: If installation process is not successful (installation wizard fails to start, installation breaks at some point with or without the error message, installed software fails to start) please contact your software manufacturer support department directly.

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