Basic Compatibility Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Vick77, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. Vick77 macrumors member

    May 5, 2008
    Hi, sorry for the basic question, it's regarding hardware / software which is windows only compatible.

    Say I was to install windows vista onto my mac and run it using fusion or parallels would hardware and software only available for windows function properly?

    i.e. would a windows only compatible device behave as though it were plugged into a windows computer?

    The reason I'm asking is I'm not too keen on the office for mac software or the lack of functionality in the mac msn messenger, aswell as needing to run an IP camera effectively.
  2. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Yes, the hardware would appear as if it was connected to a Windows PC by default, but there may be advances whereby some peripherals may be accessible via Fusion/Parallels to the Mac OS, i.e. a printer. However you could probably turn this added functionality off.
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    If possible, I'd suggest running Windows XP. Virtualization is heavy work already, and there's no point in adding the bulk of Vista to the mix.

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