Hey there folks, I use these softwares for school quite a bit, but I am definitely not a "power user" by any means. No big simulations; I just write code whenever I need to do repetitive calculations and I occasionally mess around with student ANSYS which has a 10,000 node maximum anyway. I am getting pretty tired of dual booting. I am thinking that for my kind of usage, using VM ware would be sufficient, but I was hoping someone could chime in. Especially if you are a user of these softwares as well. I think I am going to give the 30 day trial a shot. I would also like to ask some questions about using a VM as I don't know anything about it. From what I hear, you need to allocate memory and % processor to the VM or something. So here are some general (and quite newb-like ) questions: 1) How do I decide how much memory and CPU to dedicate to the VM? 2) If I dedicate 2GB RAM to the VM and I am not using the VM to capacity, but instead am only utilizing 1GB of RAM in the VM, will the other 1GB be available to OSX? 3) If the VM is not open at all (i.e. the app is closed), will the RAM I have allocated to the VM be available to OSX? 4) Will my battery life be any better running Windows in a VM then running it on Bootcamp? 5) I have heard of people using BOTH Bootcamp and a VM so that they have the option of using Bootcamp if a performance hike is needed... how exactly is this accomplished? Do I need 2 licenses for Windows (legally)? Sorry if these sound stupid, but I am a little late to the age of technology, but as an engineering student I really need to catch up fast! Thanks!