rMBP 15 (mid 2014) office excel - extremely slow...

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  1. fcong macrumors newbie

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    I thought I have 16GB ram, so running a 4MB excel spreadsheet should not be any problem at all, but it seems this rMBP lets me down... it's extremely slow .... I've a dell desktop also comes with 16GB ram, and it opens/edit excel real fast

    here is my rMBP: 2.2 i7/16GB/256GB Yosemite
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Excel in Office for Mac is poorly coded and sucks really bad.

    I run Excel (part of Office 2013) in a Windows virtual machine and it's blazing fast.
     
  3. fcong thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sounds interesting, can you provide some guidelines on how to do virtual machine on MBP? Thanks.

     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Buy Parallels and install it. Then, purchase a Windows license (8.1 is the best) and download the ISO after purchasing it.

    Then create a new VM from Parallels. There's instructions there to guide you.

    You can use any existing Windows licenses that you have as well.

    Also, you can use Vbox instead of Parallels, but performance wise it isn't that good.
     
  5. Woochoo macrumors 6502

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    Or instead buying Parallels just get Virtual Box which is free. And if you are a student your uni might have some kind of agreement with Microsoft to have free Windows SO's. I've never payed (directly) for a single Windows license since it came with the laptops I've bought in the past and the ones I install in Bootcamp or VM's are from the uni repository which are free for students and teachers.
     
  6. fcong thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I notice there're two versions of Win 8.1, one is for windows user, the other is for Mac user, I guess I need to opt for the latter one?


     
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    No such thing as Windows for Mac.

    Just get the single language 8.1.
     
  8. fcong thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all the same, but check out the attached screenshot :)

     

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  9. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Oh alright. Selecting the Mac option would let you download the ISO, but it's still Windows and can be burned to a DVD for installation on a regular PC as well.
     

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