Installing Windows 8 on Parallels Desktop 6 on MacBook
Parallels Desktop 6 runs Windows 8 Consumer Preview in OS X Lion to much delight.
Although not without minor issues but it truly is remarkable performance that you can appreciate — the experience on Windows 8 Consumer Preview running for the first time was simply ease of installation and use. I don’t have to guess it would run even better on a dedicated machine.
Have you download and Installed Windows 8? What’s your thought? This is my experience running Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my MacBook late 2008 version on a Parallels Desktop 6.
Screenshots Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Parallels Desktop
This is my records of Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Parallels Desktop 6 Build 6.0.12106 (Revision 692267; September 7, 2011)
RAM on MacBook Late 2008
You need to of course first upgrade enough RAM to make sure your machine have enough memories to care for both OS X and any other resources intensive program that you decided to power on it.
My MacBook late 2008 with Boot ROM MB51.007D.B03 Specs as follow…
If you’re in the market looking for RAM upgrade for your MacBook late 2008 – go for 1333MHz and beast it up with serious 8GB RAM. In case you’re MacBook really doesn’t support 1333MHz –Your computer (Intel Chip – others am not sure) will automatically down stepping your clock to 1066MHz – nothing major that will break your MacBook — so don’t worry.
Issue installing Parallels tools — black screen
- First attempt – It turns into permanent black screen when I adjusted the “View” to full screen mode while installing. No good – Not sure what happen and not knowing how to fix it. I than decided to reinstall afresh – I delete the whole copy Windows 8 and start all over.
- Second attempt – I avoided adjusting the “View” installation to 100% it was working fine the process added the window share folder on OS X dock – than it happen – permanent black screen at the end of the process.
In case you’re running into this issue please do not delete your copy of Windows 8 like I did. All you need to do is to add the following line of code to your Parallels Desktop 6/7 Boot Flags before you install Parallels Tools. Info on article found on Parallels Knowledgebase.
Create New Virtual Machine
Windows Product Key
Integration With Mac
Name and Location
The ever familiar Windows Setup — Follow the on screen setup.
My Thought on Windows 8 CP
When Vista was introduced to the world – I thought wow! The future of next generation of OS must be these eyes catching graphic and UI. ( I hate Vista – Just saying)
Until the day I lay my hand on OS X, I dig the simplicity of the design. Nothing fancy with the UI like glass effect or whatever. Than OS X Lion introduction — the transition of OS X to iOS like. For a while there I thought Apple would just totally convert it over with OS X Mountain Lion but I guess not yet.
Windows 8 new approached with the simplicity of just simple color simple tiles – had me going! I like it and I think it’s brilliant.
My Thought on Installing Windows 8 CP on Parallels 6
I think I will go for NOT installing Parallels Tools. I felt the sluggishness of Windows 8 CP after installing. You can still use the system perfectly without the tools — you only lose the ability to share files directly between Windows 8 and OS X.