Easier to update to Parallels 8 or transfer to VMware Fusion 5?

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  1. cdubb80, Aug 21, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2013

    cdubb80 macrumors member

    May 15, 2011
    I need to use a virtualization software to access hospital VPN on windows XP or vista.

    I previously used an old edition of parallels in the past, but looking at VMware fusion for the ability to install on multiple machines with one license.

    I see an offer on VMware's website to get the Pro version for half off from switching from Parallels. But would the standard version be sufficient for my personal needs?

    UPDATE: now wondering how easy it is to transfer existing VMs on Parallels 6 to VMware fusion 5?
  2. rikscha macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2010
    Did you actually really look into this?


    Pretty much gives you the answer to your question??
  3. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    It's more advanced networking and optional VM restrictions for corporate users. I use it daily and it is a great product. The version installed is based on the license key used.
  4. cdubb80, Aug 21, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2013

    cdubb80 thread starter macrumors member

    May 15, 2011
    I only need it on a couple personal machines, but was wondering if the pro version got more support or used more resources. Thanks for the info.
  5. cdubb80 thread starter macrumors member

    May 15, 2011
    Update - So right now I have a dual boot of SL and ML on my MBP.

    The SL has a working copy of parallels desktop 6 with XP and Windows 7 both installed as virtual machines.

    Is it easier/better to keep those upgrade VMs by upgrading to Parallels 8, or if I switch to Vmware fusion 5, can it import those existing VMs without needing to reinstall?

    I remember it being a hassle to activate the licenses.

    The reason why I don't just update straight to Parallels 8 is because I also plan to get another laptop and install the virtual machines on, which means 2 license fees for Parallels. But if its a lot easier the other way around I can cough up the cash.

    Everything I find online talks about converting from Fusion to Parallels, except for articles from 2007.
  6. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    From a quick search on the vmware web site:
    Import a Parallels or Virtual PC Virtual Machine among other search results.

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