Parallels speed

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sepandee, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. sepandee macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    For those of you who run and work with windows on OS X through Parallels, can you comment on the speed? My current macbook gets relatively slow when I run windows on it, but this is an old macbook and it gets relatively slow when I run anything on it :D

    I'm just wondering because I want to buy my dad a refurbished macbook (early 2011), but he needs to use windows (internet explorer, more precisely) for his work and can't have it slowed down.

  2. rocknblogger macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    I have a 2010 MacBook Pro. If I know I'm going to be using my Windows apps for an extended period of time I shut down almost every Mac app and I have no problems. If I leave a lot of apps running then it can get a bit laggy.

    Keep in mind that upgraded to 8GB's of ram. There's also a setting in parallels that automatically allocates more resources to the OS that's active. So if I'm using a Mac app I get more resources allocated to OSX and vise versa.

    Your other option is to install Windows via bootcamp if your dad will use one or the other.

    In either case I don't think he'll have a problem with the 2011 MBP.

    I would recommend though that you upgrade the ram. Don't get it from Apple as you can get it at a fraction of the cost from a number of different sources on the Internet. And it's very easy to install, no more than about ten minutes.

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