Parallels vs VMware Fusion

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by m3kilpat, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. m3kilpat macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2009
    I just bought my first MBP which I'm pretty excited about. Unfortunately I know I will most likely need to use crappy Windows at some point for something. So from your experience which is better and why? Parallels or VMware Fusion?
  2. tallguy macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2008
    search for this topic. there have been many posts about it and it was inevitable someone was going to tell you to search :rolleyes:
  3. mongrol macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I used both several versions ago and here's my $.02

    I found parallels to be ok, but a bit unstable in the early versions. The company also over promised on a number of topics and under delivered on them. To compound matters their support was lacking and the problems were very frustrating. My personal problems were such that parallels caused numerous Kernel Panics.

    As for VMware, they did not over promise but delivered a solid product that was extremely stable and they continued to update it. to that end, I've been a VMware user, the downside (if you want to call it a downside) is that parallels maybe better now, but since I stick with VMware, I have no idea.

    Finally VMware has a long track record of producing exceptional products, not just fusion, and standing behind them. That's one of the main reasons why I went and stayed with them.

    I'm sure at this point parallels is a stable application, but since I've not used it since version 3 I'll let others chime in on version 4.

    I've used VirtualBox on OSX and I currently use if on Ubuntu. On OSX I found it not as polished as VMware, lack of integration and the performance was such that I quickly deleted the application. I found quite the inverse on Ubuntu, its a more rounded and polished product and I use that when the need arises and as the other poster mentioned - its free ;)
  5. txrpls macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2009
    I stuck with Parallels

    I just removed VMware Fusion 2.0.5 after trying it out for a couple of days. Both programs work well, but I had some issues trying to run AutoCAD in Unity mode on fusion and posts on the VMware forum received no responses. The thing I did like about Fusion is that it supports a dual monitor set up (although a little flaky) which Parallels 4.0 does not. The final reason I changed is that Parallels supports Windows 7, albeit experimental, and Fusion does not. Both are programs work well.

    Mac Book Pro 17 2.93 GHz 4 megs.
  6. Guy Incognito macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2006
    This is not true. Windows 7 runs perfectly well in Fusion.
  7. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    Go for VMware fusion. The setup process for new VM's is super easy and it runs very smooth. I have had no problems running Windows 7 in Fusion. Once, I was running win 7 in full screen mode and I thought I was in bootcamp when It came time to shut win 7 down. It ran so much like a regular install of windows I forgot I was running it virtually.
  8. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    By just running a simple search from Google, I came up with these topics from Mac Rumors:,,

    And finally, here is the Google Search that came up with...almost 2 million results:eek:.

    Please search Google, MRoogle and Mac Search before you post. Thanks.
  9. Steve-M macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    I would suggest that you give yourself some time with your macbook. You may find that you really don't need windows after all. I have virtualized windows on various linux distributions, and now on OSX, and though its is interesting in a novelty kind of way, I've yet to come to the point that I need windows for anything.

    That being said, if you want to try virtualizing windows, or other operating systems, I would suggest VirtualBox. It's free, stable, and a good way to test the waters of virtualization.
  10. txrpls macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2009
    I didn't say it wouldn't run...said it wasn't supported.

    From the VMware site:

    Windows 7 beta, both 32-bit and 64-bit, is not supported with VMware Fusion, but many VMware product features appear to work well today including Drag and Drop, Unity, and more. Based on commentary in our VMware Fusion forums, the best experience with Windows 7 beta with Fusion results from the following VMware settings:

    - Use the Windows Server 2008 option to create your VM
    - Disable 3D Acceleration
    - Disabled Shared Folders

    Apple Blog:

    Parallels 4.0 Gets Major Update, Can Do Windows 7
    Written on January 09, 2009 by Darrell Etherington and 7 people have commented

    parallels Good news today for those of you who want to try out Microsoft’s latest attempt at an operating system without leaving the comfort of your Mac. A recent update to Mac virtualization program Parallels Desktop 4.0 (4.0.3810) introduces experimental support for Windows 7. Apple faithful will also note that the new update additionally brings support for Snow Leopard as both primary and guest operating system.

    We plan to support Windows 7 after it is released.
  11. m3kilpat thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2009
    Objective views and personal experience are completely different. If you notice I asked:
    If you don't want to read about it then don't click on the post.
  12. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....perhaps you ought to read the forum rules and guidelines, specifically that part about searching before starting new topics - it is even right there in the box when you start a new thread....oh yeah!
  13. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    I prefer VMware Fusion, hands down. It has run better for me and has better support for operating systems like the newer Ubuntu builds. Parallels still doesn't support Ubuntu 9.04.
  14. monicaparallels macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    MacTech speaks to Fusion v. Parallels Debate

    MacTech conducted a very good comparison of VMWare Fusion and Parallels. You should check it out before making your decision.

    -Monica from Parallels
  15. FortWorthMac macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    the parched earth of North Texas
    When I bought my iMac I purchased Fusions. I initially installed Vista and even with 4GB of ram found it unbearable. I deleted it and installed XP. It was better but still a little slow.

    I've been trying Win7 RC in Virtual Box and it's actually pretty fast and stable. In my opinion VB doesn't provide the seemless intergration that Fusions does/did as far as running both OS's at the same time.

    I'm interested in trying Win7 with Fusion to see if it's any better then Vista and Fusion.

    Just my 0.02.

  16. JessicaD macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2009

    Thank you for evaluating Windows 7 and it's great to hear that you are enjoying your experience so much! If you are planning on purchasing Windows 7 when it is released it may be helpful to know you don't have to wait until October to reserve your copy of Win 7! You can pre-order your copy of Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional today. For more information, see the Windows 7 Pre-Order offer page here:

    Microsoft Windows Client Team
  17. RMo macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    You know, I don't recall him saying that he enjoyed the "Windows 7 experience" so much as he said he simply enjoyed the experience of seamless mode in the virtual machine which he was running it (as compared to previous virtual-machine experiences)... :D
  18. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    Thanks, Jessica. BlueRay! :)
  19. Kat King123 macrumors regular

    Kat King123

    Jan 3, 2009
    ha theres so many parallels haters when parallels has hands down more support and is 20% faster in most situations its been proven:D
  20. btownguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    I got my first Mac a few weeks ago. I bought Parallels to run Quicken 2009 and SportTracks. I've been pretty impressed with it - especially the coherence mode. If you install XP on Parallels, I'd recommend you not install it from a RTM copy of Windows XP (i.e. a copy pre-sp1). I had alot of trouble getting the original version of XP to work correctly. I then created a slipstreamed XP image and installed from that and it's been 100% stable since then.
  21. rye9 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2005
    New York (not NYC)
    What does this "integration" mean? From my understanding... you run Windows OS (or any other OS) in a window as if it itself were an application on your Mac OS. Correct me if I'm wrong. So then what is this integration thing? For the record I'm not scolding this... I myself am looking into virtualization as I approach college and I just want to gather all the information possible. :)
  22. FortWorthMac macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    the parched earth of North Texas
    By within I mean where it looks like one is running 2 (or more) operating systems, not running it in a "window".

    All major virtualization programs have a way to make it seem one is running Windows "on top" of OS X. One has both a start menu, task bar, dock, etc.


  23. percival504 macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    Re: integration and my experience with VM Ware, Parallels and VB

    VM Ware was my choice before the most recent release of parallels. Right mow Parallels just seems faster. VirtualBox is surprisingly good, but not as stable as Parallels or VM Ware (at least it isn't on pre-release software).
  24. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Both Parallels and Fusion have their fans and critics, much like anything else
    The good news is, both have a trial version that any potential user can use to test them and make their own decision

    I use Fusion and I have had a good experience with it

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  25. 4x4bob macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2008
    I think both packages have their advantages and disadvantages. Personally, I bought both, but now only run Parallels due to a custom windows accounting package that won't install on fusion.

    Just a quick note about file storage, I've found it's best to store your data files in your mac documents rather than in windows virtual machine as a mapped drive rather. That way you can test out both fusion and parallels without having to migrate data files. Plus it's easier to restore something from time machine by individual files if need be...and eventually your windows virtual machine will need to be reinstalled... because as a microsoft product, it just will eventually break.

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