Parallels, Windows 8 RTM (official trial) - cant find Software License Terms

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by PeterSharp, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. PeterSharp macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Im trying to install trial Windows 8 (Download) in Parallels but I get weird error - "Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms. Make sure the installation sources are valid and restart the installation.

    I'm using the latest Parallels 7 with all updates. Windows 8 Consumer Preview works without any problems. I read somewhere that it might be corrupted ISO file so I downloaded few times, tried both x64 and x86. Same error.

    Please help:)
  2. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
  3. danthony macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2012
    This is apparently a Parallels issue. I had the same error, tried installing multiple times from multiple downloads of the trial. Nothing changed, same error.

    Using the same iso, I just installed using VMWare Fusion without any issue.
  4. PeterSharp thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2011
    I found a workaround solution. Install consumer preview and then upgrade to RTM. Worked for me. Obviously it looks simply terribly because Parallels is not optimized for retina...
  5. danthony macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2012
    Worked for me, too. Thanks for the tip!
  6. Wynand32 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2012
    I was having this problem, I'll try the workaround. Thanks a
    for the tip!
  7. carlospuk macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2009
    I think I resolved this.

    Just un-tick 'Express Installation' when installing into Parallels, and Setup will run without giving this error.

    Be sure to install Parallels Tools after setup has finished, though. (from the Parallels Mac menu)
  8. brianFL macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008
    Perfect solution.

    That worked perfectly. Thanks!

  9. th-gates9345 macrumors member


    Sep 15, 2011
  10. cmwade77 macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2008
    This worked for me as well.

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