Parallels and windows 8

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  1. JerseyDoug macrumors regular

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    I have a new MBP Retina 15" and need to run some windows software for business. I ordered Parallels 8. I then downloaded Parallels 9 because it allowed me to download Windows 8.1. I installed it as a trial.

    Then, when Parallels 8 showed up, I installed it, it recognized 8.1, so I downloaded a windows 8upgrde and installed it. This seems to have worked. However, I think aim overlooking something and when the trial expiration arrives ill be screwed. However, I no longer get the message to purchase the license.

    Anyone have any idea if the above process works?

    Thanks.
     
  2. JerseyDoug thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I'll let you know if this actually worked. I was hoping someone had experience with this. Guess not.
     
  3. jamojamo macrumors 6502

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    Did this work?
     
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Did you install Parallels 9 and then install 8?
     
  5. JerseyDoug thread starter macrumors regular

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    I downloaded 9 and Windows 8.1 and installed them. Then, when Parallels 8 showed up, I downloaded and activated it and then purchased Windows 8 Upgrade and downloaded and installed that.

    My concern is with Windows 8. When I start up Parallels, it is running Windows 8.1 even though I activated Windows 8 with the key from Microsoft.

    I want to be sure it is going to continue to work before I sell my PC. I need to be able to run QuickBooks (PC versions) on my MacBook Pro.
     
  6. RUGERMAN macrumors regular

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    If I understand correctly, you got Win 8 for free so if the worst happens and you have to buy it you're not out anything. Am I missing something?
     
  7. JerseyDoug thread starter macrumors regular

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    No. But, as usual, I left out an important fact.

    Parallels 8, bought and paid for. Beta version of Windows 8.1 acquired via download of trial version of Parallels.

    Since Windows 8 is only available for purchase as an upgrade, I purchased the upgrade. (I am trying to be legit here. The cost of the OS is immaterial.)

    I downloaded and installed the Windows 8 upgrade and input the software key.

    Everything is functioning at present. Any problems I have encountered are operation error, at this point.

    When I start up the VM is says I am running Windows 8.1. What I am concerned about some trial or beta time frame expiring and me being screwed because I didn't/couldn't install a full version of Windows 8 (remember I installed the upgrade I purchased.)

    Hope that clarifies it. I see that my original post was very unclear.

    Thanks.
     
  8. RUGERMAN macrumors regular

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    Ok, but if you have concerns I would give Parallels a call and check with them.
     
  9. Zizou001 macrumors newbie

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    Quickbooks 2011, Paralles 9 & Windows 8.1

    Hi, I am encountering a problem that I simply cannot figure out.

    I am running QuickBooks 2011 on Parallels 9 and Windows 8.1.

    The issue is simply, I cannot use the QuickBooks "send" function. I keep getting an error that QuickBooks does not detect an email client on the Windows 8.1. Yet, I have set up the emailing in Parallels to default to MAC.

    The other think is that I am also running Outlook 2011 in the MAC version.

    What am I doing wrong? Can anyone help?
     

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