Getting a new iMac, should I get VMWare or Parallels?

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  1. nimbuscloud macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2007
    Hello Mac elites!

    My IT boss is letting me get an iMac for work! I'm happy! I'll be using it for webdesign, but I need to know if VMWare Fusion is really better than Parallels. I will need to use Windows XP for Office, IE, and TrackIt.

    Does anyone have the current versions of VMWare or Parallels? I need your opinions. I have to turn in a quote by the end of the week.

    Any help is much needed. Thanks a ton.

  2. olliebraves20 macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2007
    Lansing, MI
    VMware is a much better program. I have used it for awhile now and have never looked back. I used to use Parallels which worked fine for me but there were a few annoying bugs and glitch's. So far with the Fusion I haven't had any problems.
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    What he said.
  4. tibi08 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2007
    Brighton, UK
    I've tried both, VMware Fusion is better. Parallels crashed a lot and is generally unhelpful.
  5. Guy Incognito macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2006
    Agreed. I switched to VMWare and have never looked back.
  6. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    IMO VMWare is much better, although Parallels gets the features first...
  7. chelsel macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    vmware... backed by a company doing this for years
  8. skasol macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    Vmware as well, I have been using for a couple days now and it just works.
  9. CashGap macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2007
    Music City, USA
    I'll have to disagree and say... oh... actually, yes, I read it wrong... Parallels always crashed for me and VMware Fusion is running NetWare, XP, Vista and Ubuntu flawlessly.
  10. Quillz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
  11. Nuc macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    I used both as well and VMware is by far the best.

  12. vansouza macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2006
    West Plains, MO USA Earth
    at the risk of stealing this thread

    I also prefer vmware but how do you get XP to see a USB drive? The USB icon in the lower right show up lit in blue but the drive just is not there. Thanks... and sorry...
  13. danb77 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2007
    You need to choose "connect to" the drive in the Virtual Machine menu. This transfers "ownership" of the device to the virtual machine. The same works for printers, CDs etc too...
  14. MacGuyver macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2007
    **** i use parallels.. but after reading this thread I just started downloading a torrent for VMWare lol. I'll tell you if it's really all it's cracked up to be.
  15. Poogis macrumors member


    Jun 2, 2006
    London, UK
    I'm new to the Boot Camp/Intel/Vista way of working.

    I have just installed Vista Ultimate using a Boot Camp partition on my new MacBook Pro and was wondering if using VWWare/Parallels is a better way to use Windows? Will I lose speed if I run Windows through these emulators as opposed to Boot Camp?

    I will always prefer to use OS X but having been Mac OS all my professional computing life (since 1991), it's nice to have the option to dabble in Windows.

    In a nutshell, why use the emulators over Boot Camp?

    Thanks to you all in advance.
  16. brkirch macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2001
    Wow, you guys are being really misleading! VMWare Fusion is NOT much better, anything it does better than Parallels it does marginally better at best, and is actually significantly behind Parallels in features and usability IMO. My advise is if integration with the Mac OS is important to you, then go with Parallels. Only if you don't need those features should you bother with Fusion. Opening and transferring files from the Mac OS into Fusion requires a lot more work, because Fusion has no equivalent of Parallels' "SmartSelect" feature, and it doesn't have the ability to mount Windows disks on the Mac desktop. It makes a big difference when you need to work with Windows applications frequently, because it means you don't need to be transferring files between the Windows and Mac desktops or navigating to a shared folder to open a file. You shouldn't have stability problems with Parallels if you stick to using stable releases (it seems that Parallels has learned their lesson about making sure that the beta releases are kept separate from the stable, but that won't stop people from claiming that Fusion is more stable because when they used a beta of Parallels it was unstable :rolleyes:).
  17. rchoo macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2007
    I just bought Fusion today, its great! Im running a SR MBP with 4GB of ram, allocated 1gb to vmware, 2 virtual cores, running office type stuff... seamlessly. I'd encourage it. I used parallels at school, not my thing. :)
  18. jhande macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2006
    I agree with your stability point, but the reason I'm considering switching from Parallels to VMWare is precisely stuff like SmartSelect. In my world (i.e. applies only to me, does not denigrate others' choices, etc), I want to keep the vm's from 'polluting' my OS X space. Every time I create a new image, I have to remember to kill SmartSelect, doublecheck whether any Windows shortcut folders have been created and so on. Every time I forget, I get my 'Open with' dialog polluted with Windows apps. Geh!

    If only SmartSelect wasn't on by default.....
  19. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
  20. rchoo macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2007
    Its just that you dont have to restart to use the windows software. Its more convenient to have all the applications at one time, rather than plan out what you need to do ahead of time. Its just convenience.... for a price. And no, i dont see a significant difference, since it will just be running small programs. Gaming wise, i'd suggest you go boot into windows anyways.

    just my 2 cents.
  21. Carrot007 macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2006
    Well I've used both and they both do the job.

    I guess it depends on how you see yourself as a computer user.

    I'd say vmware is certainly better if you are more techincally minded.
  22. CashGap macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2007
    Music City, USA
    Well... you disagree with the bulk of the responders... it's a leap to say that all of us are being terribly misleading.

    I was actually surprised to read that Parallels SmartSelect was a feature, I assumed it was a nasty bug until I learned how to turn it off! Nothing like clicking on an attachment in an email in OS X and unexpectedly having the Parallels VM, then Windows, then a Windows app load when you expected it to load in preview as it always had. That's aggressively intrusive default behavior.

    Anecdotal experience only, but I've had a night-and-day experience with Parallels and Fusion when judged by performance, intuitiveness and stability.
  23. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    Dragging and dropping files onto the VM desktop is hard? *looks around* What could really be more easy?
  24. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Because it saves rebooting the machine. Boot Camp will always be faster than the virtualisation options by third party companies. But it is a pain to have to restart to use Windows. It just comes down to convenience really. Plus being able to run Solaris / Linux through VMware is a pretty big plus (for me at least).
  25. byakuya macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2007
    I'll have to go with vmware also...
    I tried both and vmware just feels snappier.

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