I have an 'hour's old' MBP. I already owned Office:Mac 2004 Pro, with Virtual PC and XP Pro. I purchased Parallels with the MBP. Then there is Bootcamp, which I could download (but have not). I really do not have too much use for Windows on my MBP. Documents I create, I use Pages. Sometimes I receive a Word doc and use Word:Mac for it. I despise Excel and would not create something on my own. If I have to open an Excel attachment, I use Excel:Mac. So, my Window needs are small. However, there are a small number of Windows apps I would like to run on occasion. MS Streets & Tips is a prime example. For the rare Windows needs I have, I do not want to reboot to make it happen. So, Bootcamp is not an attractive choice. That is why I purchased Parallels. Over the past few months, I have seen some board traffic which seemed to indicate Parallels has some stability issues. My first question; is Parallels able run MS apps without creating a lot of grief? I am going to doing some very vanilla stuff. My last question; Virtual PC comes with a full copy of XP SP2. Has anyone used the Virtual PC copy to install on either of these shells? Were there any issues? Thanks - appreciate any feedback.