Parallels Questions

bc008

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well, im thinking of buying parallels, but i was wondering a question or two about it.

1. After i buy parallels, will i still need to buy a version of windows (vista, xp, etc) to install over parallels, or does windows come with parallels

2. Does having 2 os's stored on one computer slow down the speed of it, and how much space does it take up. i have the base end imac.
 

Caezar

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well, im thinking of buying parallels, but i was wondering a question or two about it.

1. After i buy parallels, will i still need to buy a version of windows (vista, xp, etc) to install over parallels, or does windows come with parallels
You need a separate Windows license to install on top of Parallels. Only Crossover enables you to use Windows programs without a Windows license. However the number of Windows programs that are compatible with Crossover is limited.
 

bc008

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so i do need to buy a new version of windows.
is vista compatible with parallels and mac?
 

ksmith80209

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so i do need to buy a new version of windows.
is vista compatible with parallels and mac?
Vista is compatible with the latest version of Parallels. I'm currently running Vista Ultimate (it's what I had on hand...) under Parallels with no issues.
 

kibit

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Parallels

Also make sure you have a lot of RAM in your computer. You can adjust how much each windows OS is allocated, but you'll get better performance if you can physically add more. I have 2G of mem in my MacBook Pro Core Duo, and Parallels w/Vista Ultimate runs great...

just my 2 cents:)
 

bc008

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well i only have 1 gb of ram.

would it be worth it to get

parallels
windows vista
more ram

all just to run windows?
 

devman

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2GB is strongly recommended.

Also, must it be Vista? XP uses less resources, is more games compatible, etc.