To install Windows in the easiest possible way, use the mostly self-explanatory New Virtual Machine Assistant, as described in the following steps. (If you instead want to use your Boot Camp partition, skip ahead to Create a Virtual Machine from a Boot Camp Volume in Parallels)
Launch Parallels Desktop (in
Choose Help > Activate Product. Type or paste in your trial or permanent activation key, your name, and (optionally) your company name. Click Activate.
The New Virtual Machine Assistant window may appear automatically; if not, choose File > New Virtual Machine. Click Continue to proceed past the introduction.
When the Operating System Detection screen (Figure 7-1) appears, insert ...