Some bugs with new Windows 8 and Parallels

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by JamesOK, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. JamesOK macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Just installed a clean install (no upgrade) of Windows 8 via Parallels. For some reason I can't:
    1) change the desktop wallpaper from the default
    2)activate windows

    Any ideas?
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    The Parallels team has said that people shouldn't install Windows 8 until they work out some bugs. Specifically updates, but there could be something else too.
  3. JamesOK thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
    I used another key I bought that worked on my PC, it says:
    Code 0xC004F061

    The Software Licensing Service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations.
  4. Cyloncat macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2012
    NC, USA
    I've had no serious problems with Win 8 under Parallels 8. There was an upgrade pushed out today, but my setup has been stable for two weeks. It did feel quirky compared to native Win 8, until I figured out how Parallels affects and manages Win 8.

    You do need to be in full screen mode to change wallpaper. Otherwise, all you see is flat gray desktop. Also, if you have multiple Win 8 machines using the same login account, Win 8 will want to share wallpaper settings.
  5. JamesOK thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
  6. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    I just installed the Windows 8 Upgrade and it worked fine. There are instructions on the Parallels site.

    The warning from them, i think, is not about parallels deleting files but about how Windows 8 upgrades based upon your current windows version.

    I went from 7 ultimate to 8, and no issues.

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