Parallels Desktop 8

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Rhinoevans, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I loaded Parallels Desktop 8 on my new cMBP today.

    Installed without issues. Then Installed Windows 7 Ultimate. Also installed without Issue. Works great, although so far all I have done is use VPN, IE, and some other small programs.

    I guess Boot-Camp is less expensive, but I was able to pickup Parallels for $35 when I order extra 16G ram from OWC.

    Also nice to be running Windows in OS X, without having to reboot. Probably runs faster the other way, but I will not game in the Windows 7 setup.. That is what I have XBOX for.

    Anyways, just thought I would comment.

    Intent is to use the MAC 100% and only windows for application that are not MAC compatible.
     
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    b0fh666

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    fusion user here, works VERY well. lots of VMs for testing stuff, windows server 2008 r2/64, windows 7 ultimate/64, two windows XP / 32 and one gentoo linux with KDE just for kicks :D

    love how fusion / OSX handle fullscreen VMs as 'spaces', much nicer to use than workstation on windows (also use that @ work, and the VMs are portable between both just need to copy the virtual disk :cool:)
     
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    itegypt

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    +1 fusion
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    Fusion here too, ran the trial then bought it about a week before it expired as I was more than happy with it

    Only using it for Sage at the moment though

    One question, are any fusion users using a bootcamp partition as the VM ?
     
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    itegypt

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    I have used bootcamp partition as the VM before with no issues
     
  6. TSE
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    TSE

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    I prefer Parallels, although more expensive, it has *slightly* better performance (although almost negligible), but many more features that integrate it with Mountain Lion better.

    I have a Windows 7 VM linked from my boot camp partition, I have a Windows 8 VM, and a Windows XP VM. All run incredibly well.

    You can't go wrong with either though, if you are on a tight budget Fusion is a great option.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    VirtualBox. Free and works just as well.
     
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    AppleMacFinder

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    Parallels. Full DirectX 10 support (unlike competitors) and really impressive benchmarks.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    RE: Sage...(which one)

    Hi *Sonic*,

    Pardon my naiveté concerning Windows applications, but when you say you only use Fusion for Sage, do you mean Sage as in The Sage Notebook, the web interface to a number of symbolic mathematics programs such a maxima, octave, mathematica, MATLAB, gap, axiom, singular, etc.? If so, then let me inform you that you can get a freeware Sage binary that runs under Mac OS X and thus not have to worry about running Windows just for The Sage Notebook.

    If, on the other hand, by Sage you mean some other Windows program, then I apologize for wasting your time.

    Switon
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    Hi Switon,

    Sorry I should have elaborated. It is Sage Accounts software I use, sadly they do not do an OSX version, never have and more than likely never will
     
  11. macrumors 68020

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    Parallels is my choice. Especially since they gave me Parallels 8 for free as a gift for being part of the beta program.

    Haven't tried Fusion, but either way they're both quite good, especially if it's just basic use.
     

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