Is Crossover better than Parallels?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by KnowNol, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. KnowNol macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2009
    Boot Camp isn't working for me. I need to install Windows XP so I can run MS Office 2007.
  2. jetoo macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2009
    Last version of Parallells is working great, better than crossover I think. You should also consider Vmware Fusion, 2.x worked fine, 3 is even better.

    Vmware is a well known & famous company who is specialized in virtualisation, so I think they are the best.
  3. melchior macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    crossover runs a wine environment so that you can have a windows application open without having a full virtual environment.

    if you want a full vm environment your options are either parallels or vmware. i prefer vmware but they are much of a muchness.
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Crossover will likely be limited and spotty for your needs

    I (and many others on the board) use VMware Fusion with good results

    You can try VirtualBox, it is free, but not as robust

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Crossover is not better but different. Instead of virtualization it provides emulation at the code level, that is provide the apis needed for windows programs. It may provide better performance in some instances but the number of programs that work well is rather small.
  6. melchior macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    i've used it on occasion, but it really only works with older applications. word 2007 does in fact run in crossover, but it crashes pretty easily. i would not use it for production.
  7. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I think you lost a "not" in there ;)

    If you were planning on running Office 2000 or earlier you might be fine with Crossover.

    Separate but related: Thanks to lifehacker I found out about winebottler this week and it has been great for a couple of self-contained windows apps I need for work.

  8. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    On the topic of winebottler, it works great, for the few Windows apps I've tried it with. It's kept more up to date than CrossOver is, too.

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