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How to install or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 8

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Standard Edition

Looking for instructions how to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 9? Check KB 116993

Looking for download links for all versions of Parallels Desktop? Check KB 5802

Upgrading to Parallels Desktop 8?

NOTE: After upgrading to Parallels Desktop 8 you do not need to reinstall Windows or create a new Virtual Machine.

You can successfully use your existing Virtual machine.

Upgrades are possible for Parallels Desktop 6 and above. To upgrade your Parallels Desktop to Parallels Desktop 8 please proceed to Instructions listed below.


  • Parallels Desktop 8 is distributed either on DVD media or as .dmg image available to download. You may download Parallels Desktop 8 installation file here.

  • Double-click the downloaded Parallels Desktop 8 installation file with .dmg extension and it will be mounted to Finder. Then double-click the Install icon.

If you have the Parallels Desktop 8 DVD just put it in the CD/DVD drive of your Mac and double-click the Install icon:

  • Enter your Account password and the installation will start.

  • If you are upgrading to Parallels Desktop 8 from a previous Parallels Desktop version you will see this dialogue. Click Remove to remove your current version of Parallels Desktop and install Parallels Desktop 8:

You have Parallels Desktop installed now! Check our tips for new users:

Install Windows or another Operating System on your Mac

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Video Tutorials

Getting Started with Parallels Desktop for Mac 8

Need help?

Check Parallels Desktop User's Guide

Visit Knowledge Base for any technical questions.

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