Final advice before I dive into Parallels?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by riddle, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. riddle macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I'm a Windows-hater from way back (I was a Unix guy before Mac OS X gave me the best of both worlds). I'm about to finish grad school and fear that I may soon be working in a Windows shop, so I'm thinking this may be a good time to swap my personal PB G4 for an MB or MBP specifically in order to run Parallels. Ideally I'd like to continue using my Mac on the job; if that becomes impossible, then at least I'd be able to bring Windows-dependent work home from the office.

    Windows applications I have in mind: at this point I'm thinking Visio and maybe a little ArcGIS, but who knows what else will get thrown at me. I don't anticipate needing any graphically intensive applications (no 3D rendering, etc.)

    So before I take the plunge, some questions:

    - I need a 2 GB machine so I can give 1 GB to Mac OS X and 1 GB to Windows, right?

    - A 2 GHz MacBook should be adequate even if a MacBook Pro would be better, correct?

    - Should I stick with XP until and unless my workplace has entirely shifted to Vista?

    - Is there any reason to invest in Office for Windows or should it be possible to smoothly move to the Mac environment for Office apps? (I guess this might depend on whether my workplace makes heavy use of Outlook. Ugh. :-( )

    - What's a good rule of thumb for the disk requirements of a comfortable Windows partition?

    - Any other advice or caveats?


    P.S. For anyone wondering about the feasibility of ArcGIS under Parallels, here's a test report:
  2. MacsAttack macrumors 6502a

    Jul 2, 2006
    I'm using a 1MB MacBook. A VM with 512KB works just fine for me eunning Visual Studio 2005.

    More memory will be better though :D

    Correct. My 2GHz MacBook works just fine.

    Stick with XP.

    I mostly use W2K. Old licence scavenged from a machine I retired. No Windows activation nonsense. Not connected to the Web. No securoty wories.

    Unless you need Access, the Mac version of Office is fine - even under Rosseta (if you have 1MB+ of memory)

    8 to 12 GBytes works for me

    If you want stability do not use the Beta of Parallels.

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