So is Fusion or Parallels right for me?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ghostchild, May 7, 2008.

  1. ghostchild macrumors 6502

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    OK this has probably been asked a million times, but due to my circumstances I want to know which one is better for me to do my stuff so:

    1. I need to work on MS Access so I need Windows.
    - Fusion might work right?

    2. I might play games.
    - Can Parallels run all my ram and resources on one operating system like bootcamp? I don't like rebooting all the time...

    So did I answer my own question by saying that I need Parallels?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ghostchild thread starter macrumors 6502

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  3. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    sigh...

    both will run simple apps like Access very well

    neither will reliably run "newer" or intensive games well (although I understand progress is being made), for which bootcamp is generally recommended
     
  4. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Just demo both programs and decide for yourself.
     
  5. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    What KingYaba said.... they both have free trials.... see which works best for you.
     
  6. DaveF macrumors 6502a

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    Your question might get a better answer in the "Windows" section of the forum.

    * Parallels and Fusion are great for home & office applications, like MS Office, IE, DVD ripping, etc.

    * Parallels and Fusion are not good for games.

    I use Parallels for Finances now. I used it for a while to run Office, until I bought iWork. I also used it for some DVD ripping utilities.

    I use BootCamp for games. I've not had success with the few games I've run in Parallels.
     
  7. DLH macrumors member

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    Parallels can also run a bootcamp partition as a VM.

    You could have one window's install to your bootcamp partion and then run it as a VM to run Access and then boot into it with bootcamp when you want to run games. Then, you only need to maintain one window's install.

    I don't know whether or not VMware can do the same thing.
     
  8. TBi macrumors 68030

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    Yes it does, says so on the VMWare Fusion website. Might have been useful to check there before posting :)
     

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