Running Crossover, ? about Parrells

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by somegraphx, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. somegraphx macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2006
    I have a new MacBook Pro and am running Crossover for my PC apps. Wondering if anyone else has tried it. Most of my programs work but I still have some issues. The nice thing is--I DON'T need a copy of Windows to run my PC apps...but some things do crash and/or won't run.

    That being said, I have some questions about everyone's success with Parrells. I have several web sites I must use for my company that crash on company says its because of Java and server issues. Does anyone have these issues running Parrells? I cannot use Outlook on Crossover, it doesn't see the server (although I can surf thru IE just fine).

    Also, I used to have Virtual PC and with it, a copy of Window XP. If I purchase Parrells, do I need a new copy of Windows XP or should the Virtual PC version work...I mean, I paid for it, so I shouldn't need to buy another license, but is the VPC version only able to run on VPC?

    I just really don't want to buy Parells, then Windows (again) and THEN find out that yes, some PC things (particularly Office and IE stuff) still won't run on my mac. Our company makes us do our timesheet in IE6.0 on the PC (ONLY) and we use XML in Word.


  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Is your XP SP2? if not then you may have some trouble
  3. slackersonly macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    Yep. Then you get into slipstreaming and such which, while not hard, is time consuming.

    I have Parallels installed running both XP and Vista (beta). It easily runs what you are asking about which is IE and Office run very well.
  4. Guy Incognito macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2006
    Why would this cause any trouble? The SP2 requirement addresses a limitation in Boot Camp, not in Parallels. Parallels will run Windows XP, Windows 2000, various flavors of Linux, FreeBSD, etc. with no problems.

    In answer to the original poster, in my experience running Windows with Parallels is practically indistinguishable from running it natively (with the exception of speed). The experience is not comparable with what you get with Crossover.

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