Parallels feedback for MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mtx, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. mtx, Apr 6, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2011

    mtx macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2010
    Before I order my 11’ MBA, I would like some feedback about the use of Parallels.

    1. What is the MBA setup you have? (Ghz ,RAM, SSD)
    2. Which window version are you using? (XP or Win 7)
    3. What is your experience running window in Parallels?

    I am still debating to get either 64 or 128 GB. I fully understand that if I go with the 64 GB setup and run Win 7, I will have minimal free space on the HD but most of all the work will be saved on an external drive so ‘technically’ HD is not critical.

    Also I know that Mac does not need anti-virus. What about running Window in Parallels? Will I need an anti-virus for the virtual window? (Sorry, I am not very technical)

  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    It works fine for me (1.6GHz 11" w/4GB), but if you are running Windows 7 I'd definitely recommend the 128GB drive. Windows itself takes up 16GB (32-bit) to 20GB (64-bit). Remember, the 64GB SSD is really only about 60GB in Mac terms (base 1000) and 55GB in Windows terms (base 1024). It's good to leave Windows (and OS X) some space for swap files for better performance.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    To protect the Windows virtual machine, yes.

    From the Parallels site:
    And from the VMware Fusion site:
  4. blow45 macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    should put on xp obviously, since it's much lighter.

    I have no problems whatsoever love it and runs very smooth.

    having said that I dont run heavy gfx intensive staff on it.
  5. Ridley macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2011
    In my opinion VMWare Fusion is many many times better than parallels. The "Unity" feature is mind blowing! They have so many features just seamlessly built into it ... and if you can get the student rate. I mean, book it!
  6. mtx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2010
    It was a long debate before I went with Parallels but because of MacUpdate bundle that I finally went with it. It make sense at that time to buy it since I also wanted 1password and Techtool. Kinda regret it now as I have been visiting the apple store for some time now and Fusion isactually really nice. Oh well, I have to deal with it now.
  7. mtx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2010
    That is probably the route I will take but somehow, it has become very difficult to actually buy Win XP now. For once I was planning to go the 'legit' way.. instead of 'open source'..

    I figure that I won't be needed much of Window so the less intensive OS, the better it is.
  8. blow45 macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    vmware is great, but currently parallels is better, you did the right thing. and you got it cheap with 1password too, I paid more for the
  9. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    You really should indicate why you think its better.
  10. blow45 macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    well I am just repeating the majority position here, from the industry and the users, nothing more to indicate, vmware like I said is great, but it's a version behind parallels at the moment, and parallels is the clear winner for now.

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