Trouble installing parallels

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  1. $yregnar86 macrumors newbie

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    Trying to install parallels on my macbook and I don't have a CD drive. I have downloaded the parallels 8 from their website and have successfully followed through with that step.

    The following website shows the steps I have yet to complete. However I don't have a CD drive to get things going. I am at step 2.

    http://kb.parallels.com/en/4729


    Can someone help me out so I don't have to make a special trip to the genius bar.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    In other words, you have successfully installed Parallels Desktop, but are having troubles installing an operating system (OS) inside Parallels due to not having an optical disk drive (ODD)?
    If that is so, what OS do you want to install then?
     
  3. $yregnar86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes that is correct.

    I am wanting to install windows 7. I would like to stay as far away from windows 8 as possible.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    And you have Windows 7 on a DVD but do not have an ODD?

    Before Windows 8 arrived, one could buy/download Windows 7 from the Microsoft Store, but that does not seem possible anymore.

    Either you download a compatible ISO and use your activation key or try to get an external ODD or wait for other people here to have better answers* if a search via Advanced Search or MRoogle does not work.

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  5. $yregnar86 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Correct, I have the Windows 7 CD. I also have another MacBook with a CD-ROM Drive. Can I somehow share that drive with the MacBook that doesn't have one?
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    DVD Sharing with a Mac or Windows PC
     
  7. iPhonesandMacs macrumors regular

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    Yes this is the best method, if you don't want to spend any money on an external drive, and don't have access to a digital copy of windows. You could even make an iso of the disc with the other macbook, and then use a USB flash drive to transfer the iso to the macbook without the ODD
     

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