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Parallels - Set Up Windows as a Virtual Machine (if You Have No Boot Camp Partition)

 

Parallels is an application that allows you to run Windows inside of the Mac OS.  It 'virtualizes' running Windows.  You can use parallels to use Windows programs inside of the Mac OS.  

This page provides instructions for setting up the latest version of Parallels, Parallels 8.

 

Start Parallels

Start Parallels

 

 

 

Wait

Wait

This box should come up and only take a few seconds to setup for the first time.

 

 

Install Windows from a File

Install Windows from a File
  1. Select "Use Windows from Bootcamp."
  2. Click "Continue."

 

 

Find the .iso File You Have Downloaded from OC's Website

Find the .iso File You Have Downloaded from OC's Website
  1. In the next window, select "Choose an image file..."
  2. Find and select the Windows file you have downloaded from OC's Support Central Downloads page.
  3. Click "Continue."

 

 

Product Key (May Not Appear)

Product Key (May Not Appear)

If it asks for a product key,

  1. Uncheck the box next to "This version requires a product key."
  2. Check the box next to "64-bit Windows version."
  3. Click "Continue."

 

 

Choose View

Choose View

If you choose "Like a Mac," your Windows virtual machine will be set up in "Coherence Mode." You will be able to change it to different views at any time after installation. View the section below titled "Different Views" for instructions on changing the view.

  1. Select "Like a Mac."
  2. Click "Continue."

 

 

Choose Name and Location

Choose Name and Location
  1. Enter a name for your virtual machine.
  2. Choose a location for your virtual machine.
  3. Click "Continue."

 

Wait (Takes Several Minutes)

Wait (Takes Several Minutes)

 

 

 

 

Click "Windows: Click to start"

Click "Windows: Click to start"

 

 

 

Coherence Mode

You are now in "Coherence Mode," which means that your Windows applications work just like your Mac applications. You can run Windows applications on your Mac Desktop.

Coherence Mode is the default view in Parallels. There is also full screen, window, and modality.

 

 

An Introductory Window Will Pop Up

An Introductory Window Will Pop Up

Start Menu

Start Menu
  1. As the introductory window explains, you can access your Windows start menu by right-clicking on the Parallels icon on your menu var at the top of your screen.
  2. Use the start menu to open any application or file that you wish.

 

 

Different Views

Different Views

To access different views of the Virtual Machine,

  1. Click on the Parallels icon on your menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. Select "Exit Coherence."
  3. A window titled "Windows – Parallels Desktop" will pop up that looks like a Windows desktop. This is "Window view."
  4. To enter "Full Screen view," click on the arrows in the top-right corner of the Windows Virtual Machine window.

 

 

Shutting Down

Shutting Down

You have now finished setting up Windows as a virtual machine through Parallels. When you are done using Windows, make sure you Shut Down Windows from the Start Menu and then Quit Parallels.

For Windows 8:

  1. Hover your mouse arrow in the top-right corner of the Windows start screen to reveal a menu bar on the right side.
  2. Click on "Settings" to reveal another menu.
  3. Click on "Power" within the Settings menu to reveal a drop-down menu.
  4. Select "Shut down" from the menu.

For Windows 7:

  1. Click on the Windows icon (or, if you are in Coherence mode, choose one of the two options to open the start menu discussed in the "Start Menu" step) to open the Start Menu.
  2. Click "Shut down."

 

 

Quit Parallels

Quit Parallels

 

 

 

 

Contact Support Central

If you have any questions or experience any problems with these instructions, please contact Support Central for assistance.

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