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Configuring a Mac for Windows 8 and Windows Phone Development with Parallels 8 – Installing and Configuring Parallels

Configuring a Mac for Windows 8 and Windows Phone Development with Parallels 8 – Installing and Configuring Parallels

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On January 25th, I wrote a blog post with instructions on Installing and Configuring VMware Fusion 5.02 on a Mac to do Windows 8 and Windows Phone development.  I am following up with a new post on Installing and Configuring Parallels 8 on a Mac to start developing Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps.

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1.  Download Parallel Desktop 8 (14-days trial version) from http://parallels.com/downloads/desktop.

 

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2.  Run the ParallelsDesktop-Build_Number-.dmg package that you downloaded earlier. The Parallels Desktop app starts. Double-Click the Install icon.

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3.  In the Software License Agreement page, click Accept. image
4.  In the Parallels Desktop needs to perform needs to perform one-time initialization... dialog box, type your Mac user name and password, and then click OK. The install will begin. Screen Shot 2013-01-22 at 6.28.11 AM
5.  The installation will take a few minutes to complete. image
6.  When the install finishes, the Activate Parallels Desktop page appears. image
7.  Click Get Trial. In the Request Trial Key page, type your Mac user name and email address, click your country in the Country list, and then click Get Trial. Parallels Desktop will then activate. image
8.  After Parallels Desktop activates, the Parallels Wizard will start.  In the New Virtual Machine page, click the Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file icon, and then click Continue. image
9.  In the New Installation page, in the Install from list, click Choose an image file, and then browse to and select the Windows 8 disk image (.iso) file that you created earlier. Then click Continue.

Note  If you have a Windows 8 bootable DVD, instead of clicking Choose an image file, click the DVD drive that contains your Windows 8 bootable DVD. Then click Continue.

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10.  In the Windows Product Key page, uncheck the Express installation box, and then click Continue. image
11.  In the Integration with Mac page, click either the Like a Mac or Like a PC icon (if you're not sure which icon to click, click Help me choose), and then click Continue. image
12.  In the Name and Location page, in the Name box, type a name for the virtual machine (like "Windows 8"). In the Location box, click where the virtual machine will be stored. Then, with the Customize settings before installation box checked, click Continue. The virtual machine settings page appears. image
13.  With General selected, confirm the virtual machine name, and set the number of CPUs and memory that the virtual machine will use (we recommend using at least 2 virtual CPUs and 2 GB (2048 MB) of memory). image
14.  Click Options, and then click Optimization. Next to Nested Virtualization, check the Enable box. When the Enabling nested virtualization... dialog box appears, click Yes. image
15.  Windows Installation process will start... follow prompt.

For more info on installing the 90-Trial check this Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation FAQ http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/jj552442.

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16.  Install Windows 8. Since the Windows installation process is the same regardless of the virtualization platform, please see Part 2 of 3 from the three part VMware Fusion instructions.
17.  Install Visual Studio 2012 tools. Since the Windows installation process is the same regardless of the virtualization platform, please see Part 3 of 3 from the three part VMware Fusion instructions.

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  • Very interesting and helpful! Thanks!

  • Nice resources

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