Parallels - Installing Microsoft Office on a Windows Virtual Machine

This document provides the steps for installing Microsoft Office on a Windows 8 virtual machine running on Parallels Desktop 10.

Self Help
NOTE: These products are not supported by the Help Desk. This document is provided for self help purposes only. Please contact the manufacturer or system developer for help.

If you haven't yet, you will need to install Parallels Desktop 10 and Windows 8 on your computer before proceeding. Please see Parallels - Installing Parallels 10 Desktop for instructions.

Select which method you will be using to install Microsoft Office:

Installing Microsoft 365 University

  1. Launch Parallels Desktop and start your Windows virtual machine.

  2. Follow the instructions outlined in this document.

Installing Office 2013

Note: If your Macbook does not have a CD/DVD drive, skip to the steps below.

  1. Launch Parallels Desktop, then click on Parallels icon in your Mac's status bar and choose Control Center.

  2. Click on the Hardware tab, then select CD/DVD Drive from the left-hand pane. In the "Connect to:" drop-down list, choose Default CD/DVD.

    Hardware tab with highlight on CD/DVD 1 option
  3. Insert the installation disk (CD or DVD) for Office 2013 into the CD/DVD drive of your Mac.

  4. Launch your Windows virtual machine and open File Explorer. If you do not have a shortcut for File Explorer, go to the Start screen, then begin typing File Explorer; a search should automatically open. Select File Explorer when it appears.

  5. Navigate to Computer (Windows 8) or This PC (Windows 8.1), then double-click on your CD/DVD Drive.

  6. Launch the installation file (usually called setup.exe or install.exe)

  7. Follow the Office Installation wizard. Additional help with Office can be found on Microsoft's support website:

My Macbook Does Not Have a CD/DVD Drive

  1. Launch Parallels Desktop and start your Windows 8 virtual machine.

  2. Open your preferred web browser.

  3. Navigate to the following page and use your product key to download Microsoft Office and begin installation:

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