Hi all, I'm new to these forums as well as new to having Apple as my new primary computer. I have a few questions regarding Parallels, Boot Camp, and the iMac. I have tried doing some research but there is way too much info for me to process so I'm hoping you all can help me out! I bought my first iMac (21.5", 1TB hard drive, 4GB RAM) a few days ago...I have always been a Dell/Windows person but prior to my purchase, I found out I could still run Windows through Parallels and/or Boot Camp. Knowing this, I decided to "make the change to a Mac." I bought Parallels 6, installed it, then installed Windows 7, and have been running Parallels for a good few days now. I don't have anything horrible to say about it, but can't say that I'm overly excited about it. I know I'll eventually make the switch to Mac, but will always be partial to Windows and therefore still want Windows as it's my comfort zone (plus, one program I use is only compatible with Windows). I've read a lot that using Boot Camp allows for a faster-running machine. So now I'm entertaining the idea of using Boot Camp before I install a lot more programs and transfer over music, photos, etc. I also plan to double the RAM to 8GB sometime. Here are my questions... 1) What are your opinions/pros/cons to both programs? 2) The only thing I have to divide is the hard drive space, correct? 3) I read in another thread that some people run Boot Camp and Parallels together and the desktop will be identical to the desktop that my VM would be in Parallels - does that mean that whatever program I install in Windows (while in Boot Camp) would show up when I open Windows in Parallels? How does that work? Why would people run them together if it's already partitioned from Boot Camp? If I run Boot Camp, should I un-install Parallels first, then use Boot Camp, then re-install Parallels? 4) If I run Boot Camp and partition it, then I want to go back to Parallels only, how does that work with transferring anything I have previously saved/installed in Boot Camp? 5) What about viruses? If I get one in Boot Camp, do I have to wipe out the entire Mac OS X and Windows hard drives, or just the Windows side? And how would that work if I got a virus in Windows when I am running it in Parallels? I think that's all I had for now...thanks in advance for any help/info!