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Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 on Parallels for Mac OSX

Before you start, it is a good idea to back up your existing Windows 7 virtual machine that you are about to upgrade because once you've converted it to Windows 10 there's no going back.

You will need to first download and run the Compatibility Update kb2952664 from here:

32-bit Version http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2015/05/windows6.1-kb2952664-v10-x86_57787952e4f934ba3ff690d94463a63b1df4a72f.msu

64-bit Version http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2015/05/windows6.1-kb2952664-v10-x64_6cb844c61ff4a77098ee895e0f2904d494ff5d24.msu

Then you need to download the Windows 10 Installer application:

32-bit Version
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=616935

64-bit Version
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=616936

This application MUST be run with AS ADMINISTRATOR for it to work properly. Then you just follow the prompts on the screen to convert your working virtual Windows 7 machine into a Windows 10 edition.

Enjoy!

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Windows 8 Release Preview – Installation on Apple Mac with Parallels

The latest version of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Release Preview has been made available and seeing as I’ve covered it before, I thought I’d do it ALL OVER AGAIN, just to see if there are any improvements to the Windows 8 OS.

You can get yours from:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/release-preview

And if you are not familiar with Parallels for Mac head over to:

http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/

Click here for HD quality

In this video, I show how you can run the preview version of Windows 8 within Parallels (or you can use any other virtual PC software such as VM Ware) on a Mac running OSX Lion. But don’t be put off, this demo is also applicable to PC users who want to run Windows 8 on a separate partition or their own Virtual Machine (recommended).

Though you might want to watch this directly on YouTube to watch in proper 1080p HD resolution by clicking the following link:

Watch in 1080p on YouTube

A quick run down on how to run Windows 8 Developer Preview if you don’t want to watch my informative video:

1) Install an emulation application such as VM Ware Fusion or Parallels. In my example, I am using Parallels on my iMac which I wholeheartedly endorse.

2) Download the .iso image you require from:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

3) Start Parallels and set-up a new virtual machine. Follow the install wizard but select “Other Windows” for the type of machine you require.

4) Direct Parallels to the .ISO file you have downloaded from the MSDN website.

5) Follow the on-screen prompts and standby while Windows 8 installs itself on your virtual machine. The whole process should take around five minutes (though this could be longer dependant on the speed of your hardware).

6) Huzzah! You now have Windows 8 installed on your iMac. The great thing is that when you are finished with it, you can delete the virtual machine with no ill effects to your computer.

I have subsequently posted an updated video showing the installation and demo of Windows 8 Consumer Preview here: http://www.darrenlock.com/2012/03/01/windows-8-consumer-preview-on-mac-os-x-with-parallels