Parallels Install Windows From .EXE instead of Image?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ksb43, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. ksb43 macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    I have parallels 4 installed and I want to install windows XP. My school gives us legal copies of windows 98 and a windows xp upgrade. However, neither of these comes in the form of a CD image. They are both .exe files. Parellels asks for a CD or CD image. Is there a way to install windows 98 from an .exe in parallels? And if so will I be able to use the windows xp upgrade once i have windows 98 installed? I haven't yet tried creating a CD image with the exe file on it. I don't know if this would work because it's all in one file and not a typical windows install disk. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  2. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006

    Your school gives you Windows 98? and an XP upgrade? Are you sure? That doesnt make sense.

    You cant install any Windows from an EXE. Its like trying to get an egg without a chicken. Windows runs exe's so you cant use exe's to install Windows.

    I doubt Parallels even supports Windows 98 and youll need XP with a certain service pack already on it (not that it matters if all you have is an exe which simply cant be an operating system). How big are the files that you have?
  3. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Parallels supports windows 98. The fact you got "Exe" files and not ISO files means they're just service pack upgrades most likely, you don't have the true copy of windows.
  4. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2008
    North Shore, MA
    Or they do what my college did. You get a link to an exe which will then download the ISO for you. The downside is you can't actually download the image without a functioning Windows install. I never did figure out who the genius was that thought it was a good idea for an OS install CD/DVD...

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