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

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    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

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    Hello,
    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.
    Thanks!
     

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