Parallels 8 on Mac running Windows 8 – where has the # hash key gone?

Its one of the few issues I have found with moving to using Macs, the lack of a # key.

On the Mac, you press Alt + 3 to show the # key.

Once you have parallels installed, if you are running windows 7, the same combination worked, however if you install Windows 8 it no longer works.

After spending half an hour + searching Google and seeing that lots of other people have the same issue and no results, I contacted Parallels support, who knew the answer (obviously)

The way around this is actually really simple:

Ctrl + Alt + 3 displays a # hash key within Windows 8 on the Virtual Machine!

Mystery solved!

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