Parallels speed

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

  1. sepandee macrumors regular

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    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.

    Thanks
     
  2. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    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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