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Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac activation

  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Access

Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac may be activated permanently in the following ways:

  • Immediately after the application is installed and the key is registered.

  • After it has been activated with a trial key.

  • After it was reinstalled on a new or on the same Mac.

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 10 is not activated within 14 days, it will be blocked.

To permanently activate Parallels Desktop 10 with a commercial key, you need to connect your Mac to the Internet or proceed with manual activation.

Immediate Activation

Once you have completed registration of your Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac key, Parallels Desktop will prompt you to activate the application.

Note: Internet connection is required for immediate activation.

If your Mac is connected to the Internet but you still have issues with activation, refer to KB 114681.

  • 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.

    If the key is not valid, it will be marked with a red cross. Check to see 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 10 will be activated.

Manual Activation

  • If you try to activate Parallels Desktop 10 without Internet connection, you will see the notification “Unable to confirm the product license.”

  • Click OK.

  • The next screen will display manual activation instructions:


  • To complete activation of Parallels Desktop 10, copy your alphanumeric activation ID, then email it to or input it at

  • When you receive a Confirmation Code, enter it into the field provided and click Activate.

Activation after using a trial version

If you activated trial version of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, you can upgrade it at any time to a full license by doing the following:

  • Launch Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac.

  • Click on Parallels Desktop from the application menu bar on top of the screen, select Activate Product from the drop-down menu. You may click on your Control Center window to see the menu. You will not have it while your cursor is in a virtual machine.

  • Enter your purchased key for Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac.

  • Click Activate.

Activating after reinstallation

If you reinstalled Parallels Desktop 10 on the same Mac or installed the application on a new one, you can avoid entering your activation key manually.

If you log in to the Parallels account which contains an activation key for Parallels Desktop 10, you will have an option to use the key from your account.

After the registration step you will see the activation window which will have the button Use registered keys. If you click on it, you will see a new window with a partially hidden activation code for this version.

If you have several keys for Parallels Desktop 10 registered under the account, you will be able to select which one to use.


Accept the terms of EULA and click Continue.

The selected key will be automatically added to the activation window. Click Activate to complete the activation procedure.


Activating with an upgrade key

If you purchased an upgrade key for Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and require instructions for activation, see KB 122648.

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