Questions for those who have USED both VMware and Parallels

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by in-ten-city, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. in-ten-city macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2007
    1 - Is there any difference insofar as virtualizing the bootcamp partition when it comes to these programs?

    2 - I keep hearing VMware is faster - how true is this? and - is it really that much faster? Does anyone have any raw data regarding this?

    3- I've also heard Parallels has more features than VMware - What features exactly does parallels have that VMware doesnt?

    4 - Can VMware Fusion place the Windows Taskbar on your Mac Desktop?
  2. trule macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2007
    They both have trial versions available, why don't you download them both and see which one works best for you?
  3. brkirch macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2001
    There is a slight difference; Parallels edits some system files to get BootCamp support that VMWare does not. This means that you could come across problems if you don't shutdown your VM properly in Parallels. They are supposedly working on a fix, I don't know when it is coming though. For now I would recommend you backup your Boot Camp partition with Winclone if you use Parallels.

    VMWare actually is slightly slower for most tasks, except in disk access. It does have dual core support which can speed up multithreaded programs and 64-bit support which will allow use of more than 4 GB of RAM and 64-bit guest OSes. There is a small amount of overhead (about 10-20% of one CPU) in Parallels currently which will be most likely be eliminated in the next update.

    Yes, see this post on the VMWare boards.

    - "SmartSelect"
    - Multiple Snapshots
    - "Parallels Explorer"
    - OpenGL acceleration
    - Mount Windows disks on the Mac desktop while a Windows VM is running
    - Configure which network interface(s) the VM uses
    - Print through Mac OS X printer drivers
    - "Parallels Transporter" (VMWare Fusion has a similar free tool called "VMWare Converter" but it only runs through Windows)
    -"Kaspersky Internet Security"
    Yes, but it is a buggy feature and has to be enabled with a hidden VM configuration flag.

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