I am in a terrible bind. I am a new mac user. I have never owned a mac before. Tomorrow my first mac will be arriving. (A MacBook Pro 2.2ghz core2duo with 2gigs of ram and a 160gig HD.) I will be using this when I go off to college next week, and will need to have windows on the machine in order to run certain university wide programs like webct and also windows versions of office 2007 and Adobe Master Collection cs3. The reason I need your help is because after 2 weeks investigating the various issues which play into windows on the mac, I am still really confused about which method I should use to install windows on my new mac. Here are the factors which play into my confusion, and maybe which you can help me resolve: 1) Originally after looking into the various options, I came to the conclusion that the smartest thing to do would be to install windows through bootcamp and then virtualize that partition through parallels/fusion. This naturally seemed like the smartest option, being that I would be able to choose between running natively and virtualizing depending on my needs at any given time. Now, the confusion stepped in when I started looking into the intricacies of creating such a setup. After reading the parallels and vmware forums, it seems like many people who try to set something like this up run into tremendous problems, such as: a - being able to have windows activated in both bootcamp and the vm, as every time one switches between modes the computer thinks major changes are being made and windows demands revalidation b - it seems that people who virtualize their bc partitions experience frequent crashes c - running your vm off your bootcamp partition hinders many of the options and features naturally availiable through the vm can someone with such a setup confirm if these are indeed valid problems? 2) after concluding that the aforementioned setup may be riddled with two many technical difficulties to handle, i began considering foregoing the theoretical convenience of a virtualized bootcamp setup and started looking into possibly just virtualizing windows without leaving the option open to boot natively, however, this too carried along its own confusion: a - every benchmark test i seem to come across tells a completely different story about the raw differences between fusion and parallels, one place says fusion blows parallels away, and another place says parallels clobbers fusion! which one is actually faster? which one is actually better? Can someone please shed light on this vexing situation? ill be running adobe master collection cs3 programs on the machine and dont want it to run like a turtle! in conclusion, despite intensive research, i am still very confused as to how i should install windows on my mac, and want to have a pleasant experience with my first mac. can anyone help? thank you so much!