Parallels and XP?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by jefflemon, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. jefflemon macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2008

    I was thinking about buying parallels to test my sites in ie 6 etc. I want to use it with XP but im so confused as to what copy of xp to get (its for a business btw) also is there a better way to do it other than buying parallels?

  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Parallels or VMware will do you just fine.

    Any version of XP will do, it just need to be a full copy of Home or Professional. You can pick either up pretty cheap on eBay brand new I think.
  3. atlanticza macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Cape Town
    You could always try VirtualBox - it's free too. See this thread.

    VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.
  4. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    VirtualBox is in beta for Mac OS X as host.

    I run Parallels with a cheap OEM version of XP Home and it works quite well in full screen and coherence modes (sharing content between Mac and XP including shared folders and literally copy/paste or drag/drop between OS's, super cool). If you're into more advanced software and need Direct-X support go with VM Ware Fusion as it's slightly better in that regard, otherwise the features between the two are similar. If you opt to run Vista, I suggest 4GB RAM on your Mac and set aside some addition partition space if you use bootcamp.

    There is a whole forum for this kind of thing on MacRumors, check it out.


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