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Parallels - Windows8.exe

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Mar 3, 2013 4:18 PM

I recently purchased Parallels via their online site and have installed the program.  I have also purchased Windoes 8 via the Microsoft site online.  I selected the 'download' function and have a Windows8-setup.exe file.  I did this because I have a MBA, with no CD/DVD drive.


With Parallels, the only options it is giving me is to load Windows via an image file or via CD/DVD.  How do I get Windows with what I have?


Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance.

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  • Eric Ross Level 6 Level 6 (11,650 points)
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    Mar 3, 2013 4:34 PM (in response to Phalx)

    If looks like you downloaded the exe file when you should have downloaded the iso image, then burn the image to a cd/dvd.  Would it be possible for you to go back and download the iso image file?  

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)
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    Mar 3, 2013 6:48 PM (in response to Phalx)

    What do the Parallels help files say about installing Windows? I believe you can put the iso on your hard drive and point to it from within Parallels. Parallels will then install Windows.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 5:38 AM (in response to Phalx)

    Phalx wrote:


    Sorry. Clicked solve by accident.

    The issue is that when I just bought the 'download' option, only the .exe file was received.

    Then get an external optical drive or go back to a Windows product site and download site and select the iso for download.

  • urbanfeeder Calculating status...
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    May 19, 2013 3:33 AM (in response to BobTheFisherman)

    Whayt was the outcome of this? Did you find a way? I have the exact same problem.


    Any help would be much appreciated. Have wasted huge amount of time so far.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    May 19, 2013 3:57 AM (in response to urbanfeeder)

    Do you have a valid previous version of Windows installed

    in a virtual machine?  The version of Windows 8 for download

    from Microsoft and available in boxed version from retailers

    is an upgrade only.


    In order to do a new install without having a previous version

    you need to purchase an OEM version of Windows 8 and decide

    whether you want a 32 or 64 bit.  Newegg is one source to get these.

    Microsoft does not sell these versions directly.  Also note that with

    the OEM licenses that there is no support availble from Microsoft.


    There has been a lot of debate on the internet over Microsofts desicion

    on this type of distribution and seems silly that they are only selling

    updates and not full installers.


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