should Parallels 5 be running in 64-bit?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by btownguy, May 8, 2010.

  1. btownguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    It appears to be running in 32-bit. Does it just support 64-bit guest OS's, or should it be running in 64-bit itself?
  2. fedup flyer macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2008
    To my knowledge, Parallels is only available in 32 bit at the present time.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Regardless of whether Parallels (or vmware for that matter) is 64bit, the fact remains it makes little sense to run a guest OS as 64bit as the overhead negates any 64bit benefit.
  4. yensteel macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2009
    Although I agree that a lot of applications do not require to be 64 bit, I think Parallels is one of those apps that can make use of it's benefits.

    I also think that running 32 bit OSes should suffice.

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