Mac Owners Should Not Upgrade To Windows 8 Just Yet, Says Parallels

Mac Owners Should Not Upgrade To Windows 8 Just Yet, Says Parallels

One of my favorite things about OS X is that if the need ever arises where I absolutely have to use a Windows only application, I don’t have to borrow a friend’s PC, I can just run Windows via Bootcamp right on my Mac. It’s not something I do often, but it has happened a few times.

Parallels makes the experience even better by letting you run Windows while you’re still using OS X so you only have to taste Windows for a brief momemt. With the release of Windows 8 approaching though Parallels posted a critical and urgent advisory note today telling Mac users that they should hold off on upgrading to Windows 8 for a little while.

“If you are planning on upgrading from an existing Windows OS to Windows 8, we strongly suggest waiting until Parallels has finalized testing the upgrade process. Upgrading now may damage your virtual machine, causing you to lose all your data, files and Windows applications.”

Parallells is still working hard on their own tests of Windows 8 to make sure it will play well with their virtual environment. Users should get an in-product notification once Parallels is ready for the Windows 8 upgrade.

  • WisdomHealth

    We love Parallels! We run Windows-based accounting software on our Macs with Parallels. Works great. We think Mac + Parallels runs Windows software better that Windows software on a Windows PC.

  • Cheesehead_Dave

    This looks like it’s just for upgrades. If you’re doing a brand new Windows 8 install, you’re good to go.

  • bdkennedy

    Oh, don’t worry. I can wait.

  • Fatkid98

    I would advise waiting as well. I installed Win 8 as an upgrade over Win 7. After the install, typing wouldn’t work. The keyboard worked for things like Ctrl+Alt+Del, but actual typing would not. This has also been an issue with people doing clean installs as well. I’m back to Win 7 and will stay there for a while until the bugs are worked out and Apple officially supports it.

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