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Installing Windows 8 on an iMac(2012) using Parallels


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I have been running XP and then Windows 7 on my iMac for some years but had to reboot when moving between windows and Mac.
Now that I have the latest iMac I have installed XP, using Parallels and it works fine, with both systems running simultaneously on adjacent monitors. Brilliant!
However, a Windows 8 upgrade, bought from Amazon, is proving difficult to activate. I thought that this may be because the XP is Sevice Pack 2 instead of SP3. Having difficulty getting SP3, I followed a video on Youtube which took me, via Regedit, to "CSD version" and changing 200 t0 300.
XP now appears to be SP3 but is it really? I haven't downloaded anything, just changed a number.
Is the Youtuber correct or is he taking the Mickey?
Any advice please?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    XP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Apple/iMac
    CPU
    3.2 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory
    8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Browser
    Firefox

pbcopter

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I followed a video on Youtube which took me, via Regedit, to "CSD version" and changing 200 t0 300.
XP now appears to be SP3 but is it really? I haven't downloaded anything, just changed a number.
Is the Youtuber correct or is he taking the Mickey?
Any advice please?

No, just changing one number will not actually make it SP3.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom System
    CPU
    INTEL Xeon E5-2670 LGA 2011
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA X79 UD5 v1.0 F13s
    Memory
    64GB (8 X 8 GB) G-Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3 2133 Quad Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX 1060 SC 3 GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek Onboard ALC898
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung S27E310
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 PRO 256 GB SSD
    1 x 6TB WD 6003FZBX SATA
    13 x 3TB WD 30EFRX SATA
    PSU
    Seasonic X-1050
    Case
    Thermaltake Armor+
    Cooling
    INTEL BXRTS2011LC Liquid-cooled
    Keyboard
    Logitech G510s
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Explorer Mouse
    Internet Speed
    7.0 Mb/s
    Browser
    IE 11, Chrome
    Antivirus
    ESET NOD32 11.1, Malwarebytes Pro 3.5.1
    Other Info
    ASUS RT-AC68U router
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Thank you pbcopter for confirming my suspicions.

I reversed the setting and finally installed SP3, but only by ignoring all the (recommended) choices all the way.

Windows is now available on my iMac.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    XP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Apple/iMac
    CPU
    3.2 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory
    8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Browser
    Firefox