DOes anyone run Win 10 using Parallels exclusively?

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  1. Cape Dave, May 27, 2016
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    Cape Dave macrumors 65816

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    I am wanting to offer a small computer to select clients and some may want to boot right into Win 10. I can do this with Bootcamp and also believe that Parallels offers an option that would boot up windows 10 immediately.

    I like the way Parallels runs Win 10. Just seems smoother and just as fast.

    Just curious if anyone does this and if so, how does it work?

    Thanks, Dave
     
  2. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    I do, personally, and also there's several Macs and PCs in my office. We also have several pretty fast PCs in my office used for rendering CAD files (Solidworks, AutoCAD with processing SHAPE files and water resource calcs, Revit). Using PD 11 Pro (I don't mind the subscription as others lament - I've been on Autodesk subscriptions for 20+ years, and I just want decent support when I need it...) on my Mac, with Win 10 Pro 64-bit I see excellent performance with Access databases or just using Outlook and I don't miss the zippy PC in my work office. I don't miss Boot Camp, but do keep in mind that you can use PD to run Windows from a Boot Camp partition as well.

    I really like the ability to clone VMs for backups or just the ability to drag-and-drop a VM - priceless to me!

    Keep in mind that you can download a 30-day trial of PD, create a VM, and install Win 10 (pick your version) as a 30-day demo, so you don't have to take my word that it's a great combination.
     
  3. Cape Dave thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for your reply. I do run Win 10 in a PVM on my own computer. I love it. I do not use it exclusively upon boot 100% of the time. But my clients might want that. Bootcamp plus Parallels would be overkill for my use.
     
  4. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    FWIW, PD with Win 10 is a fully "usable" solution, treating myself as a client. The company I alluded to earlier is mine, as in I'm "the boss" but I also am billable for some of our production work. I was in a client's office earlier today (after my earlier post here), needing to use a PC with Win 7 installed - I could offer here that my Win 10 VM was so much faster/smoother than the native Win 7 installs that I just about told my client to upgrade their slow-as-molasses system it was driving me crazy. I'm a civil engineer and tech writer (specs), not an IT guy - my VM has fewer resources available than the system I was using earlier, and I'd rather use my Win 10 VM setup than the native Win 7 PC I was stuck with today. PD 11 with Win 10 Pro was far nicer to use than the Win 7 box I was stuck with by a long shot IMHO - I should have brought my rMBP with me to demonstrate that Macs with PD are a decent/better alternative to the crap in his office... o_O
     
  5. Cape Dave thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I get that. I suspected as much, but only had my limited experience to go on. We are not the first to say that a Mac runs Windows better than many Windows machines :)
     

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