Modern.IE Test Environment in Parallels Desktop

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Modern.IE Test Environments are 90-day pre-configured test Windows virtual machines specially created for software developers and testers. This KB describes how to download and use these virtual machines.


  1. This is evaluation software designed for developers and testers . We do not recommend that you install this evaluation if you are not a developer or tester.

  2. Unfortunately, as of now, there is no way to convert these Windows trial virtual machines to a non-expiring virtual machine. When the 90 days trial expires, your Windows virtual machine will stop working. There will be no option to re-activate it even using a commercial Windows key. You will lose access to your Windows applications and there will be no way to migrate it to another Windows virtual machine.

  3. Regrettably, you will not be able to upgrade from Modern.IE Test Environment.

  1. Start Parallels Desktop for Mac and click File > New in the menubar.

  2. Choose Modern.IE Test Environment from the New Virtual Machine Wizard and click Continue.

    NOTE: In case you are unable to view Modern.IE icon please check your internet connection. Your Mac must be connected to the internet.

  3. Read the information about the Modern.IE Test Environment and accept the Software License Agreement.

  4. Choose the installation image from the list.

  5. Your Windows Modern.IE Test Environment virtual machine is ready for downloading!

    You can watch the downloading progress from the Parallels Wizard or from the Parallels Control Center.

  6. Once Windows Modern.IE Test Environment is installed, launch the virtual machine.

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Note: Generating an unlimited number of 90-day trial VMs. You can recreate the trial Windows 8.1 virtual machine any number of times, so you can create an unlimited number of 90-day trial virtual machines. If you do so, you are effectively starting over with a fresh copy of Windows, so you will want to ensure that any documents that are stored inside your virtual machine have been copied to another location, and that any Windows application that you have installed, can be easily re-installed in the new virtual machine. One way to do this would be to keep all your documents in a Shared Folder on your Mac, and to also keep in this folder any installers for Windows apps, in addition to any product keys needed by these Windows apps. See the “Share Files and Folders” topic in the Parallels Desktop Help for more information.

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