Difference betwen Parralels and VMWare

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by nathdapunk, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. nathdapunk macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2009
    OK. For some time now I have been confused between VMware and Parralels Desktop for running Windows on Mac's. Can someone please help me end this confusion and explain what the difference is in antisipation of switching with my next computer. Thanks!
  2. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    They both are competing virtualization programs. These types of programs enable you to run windows or another operating system without actually booting into it. This means that you start and shut down the system while still running OS X on your mac. Personally, I have not used parallels enough to know a lot about it, but I do know about VMware Fusion.

    Fusion Is great for running a boot camp partition without rebooting and also for testing new operating systems and having more than one operating system to use on your mac. Fusion has a great feature called unity where you can use apps installed on your virtual machine side-by-side with your mac apps. This makes it easy to switch between windows applications and mac applications, and also doesn't make it necessary to reboot which can be a time saver.

    I would definitely recommend using fusion if you need virtualization software. Parallels and fusion both help you create and manage virtual machines inside your mac and run more than one operating system at the same time.
  3. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    They are pretty much identical with the same features. I have both. But some people are making it into a Mac vs PC war with those 2 products. Another area is the browser debate but the browsers at least have more differences.
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Both Parallels and VMware Fusion do the same thing, along with Virtual Box (which is free). They allow you to run your installation of Windows in a virtual machine alongside OSX. You can also use them to install other OSes in a virtual machine such as Ubuntu, another version of Windows, etc. Both Parallels and Fusion have trial versions, and you can try out their features for yourself. The differences are mostly personal preferences.

    Boot Camp allows you to boot natively into your installation of Windows. Parallels and Fusion will read the Boot Camp partition, if you install this way.

    For more complete information, you can refer to the Guide:
    Booting Windows on a Mac

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]

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