Activating Windows 11 from a Windows 10 license key

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration of Parallels Desktop' started by RonK4, Mar 19, 2023.

  1. RonK4

    RonK4 Bit poster

    I ran into an interesting Catch-22.
    I recently purchased a new Mac Studio and traded in my old 2013 Mac Pro. I had a question about how to deal with this problem.
    I purchased Windows 10 when I got Parallels 15. According to a Microsoft agent, I am eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 11.
    However, the Microsoft technician said I must first install Windows 10 and use the original authorization key code to upgrade to Windows 11. However, Parallels does not allow installation of Windows 10.
    So..... I will attempt to contact Microsoft again, but it would be helpful to know how many of you have gotten around this problem.
    A new license of Windows 11 would cost another $120 or so and would be a financial deal-breaker in attempting to use an ARM version of Windows 11 and the new version of Parallels.
  2. Trishna Oobeyram

    Trishna Oobeyram Staff Member

    Thank you for reaching out to Parallels.
    Normally, you should be able to activate your Windows 11 with a Windows 10 key.
    Please find the steps to install a Windows 11 virtual machine.
    Once installed, kindly activate your Windows 11 by following these steps.

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