9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 14, 2014 11:40 AM by Parakeetman007
Phalx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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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  • 1. Re: Parallels - Windows8.exe
    Eric Ross Level 6 Level 6 (11,660 points)

    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?  

  • 2. Re: Parallels - Windows8.exe
    Phalx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't think so.. when I purchased Windows 8, they gave me 3 options:

    - download

    - download + back-up

    - physical version via delivery

     

    I still have the page that I used to purchase the software open.  When I click 'back', I am unable to do anything other than rebuy the product.

     

    Is there anything I can do? 

  • 3. Re: Parallels - Windows8.exe
    BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,970 points)

    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.

  • 4. Re: Parallels - Windows8.exe
    Phalx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry. Clicked solve by accident.

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

  • 5. Re: Parallels - Windows8.exe
    BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,970 points)

    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.

  • 6. Re: Parallels - Windows8.exe
    urbanfeeder Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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.

  • 7. Re: Parallels - Windows8.exe
    woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,745 points)

    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.

  • 8. Re: Parallels - Windows8.exe
    Phalx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry for not replying earlier. I agree! It's been an annoying problem to have to solve.

    This was awhile ago but I ended up using my old Windows netbook to get the .iso.

     

    Hope that helps

  • 9. Re: Parallels - Windows8.exe
    Parakeetman007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So is there any way to get the iso if you don't have access to a windows machine?