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I am trying to install windows 8 with parallels (from an iso file on the mac), I have followed this instructions. They are partly missing. Foe example after selecting the iso I get Automatic detection failed. Please select your operating system: and I have a drop-down with various Windows, Chrome OS, Ubuntu, Free BSD ..... Windows 8 is not in the list so I chose Windows 7 that seems the closest, inserted the key, chose "Like a MAC", and another continue. Then everything seems promising, I see Windows8's installation and then some messages like "We are getting you PC ready". After some time the screen gets black, and thats it. At the to I still have the Installing windows 7 message.

Another try was selecting "Other windows" instead of "Windows 7" from the OS list. This caused this message to appear:

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In case it is important: I have a 32-bit installation ISO, and I did not check the 64-bit checkbox when it appeared at one of the screens.

  • It is a new installation, on a new VM.
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Which version of Parallels Desktop for Mac? Do you have the latest version? – Karan Jan 9 '13 at 22:13
@Karan Version 7, Build 7.0.14922 – Kahil Jan 9 '13 at 22:59
As per this page, v8 is the one that "Includes experimental support for 32- and 64-bit Windows 8 Release Preview." – Karan Jan 10 '13 at 14:49

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