VMware Fusion and Windows 10 on an old MBP 13"???

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  1. tna10006 macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2012

    I was given a 2013 Macbook Pro Retina 13", 2.4GHz, 8GB, w/ SSD running on Mavericks (my first mac). It currently has VMware Fusion 4 with Windows XP (not sure why XP over W7). I would like to upgrade it to newer versions of those software. The computer would be used for basic productivity work (no gaming but will include light video editing). My questions are the following:
    1. Would it not be advisable to run VMware 10 and Windows 10 because of the age of the system?
    2. Would it be better to run Fusion 8.0/8.5 and Windows 7/8 for the sake of speed and efficiency?
    3. Are the latest copies of Fusion and Windows sold as a bundle for a discount?
    4. Would Parallels be better for an older MBP? If so, which versions should I consider?

    I'd appreciate any feedback. Thank you very much.
  2. infernoguy macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    1 & 2. You can run Win10/VMware 9 on this machine for light tasks with no penalty. I do so all the time and it’s quite fast.

    3. Upgrade to VMware version 9 costs $49.99 but since you only have version 4, you’ll have to pay full price.

    4. Parallels is faster (and will run virtualized Win10 on your laptop) but I’ve used VMware for years so I’m partial to it.
  3. tna10006, Oct 29, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2017

    tna10006 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2012
    Thank you for your input.
    For #4, what do you mean by running "virtualized Win10" on the laptop? Don't both Parallels and Fusion run Win10 virtualizations? I apologize if this is a dumb question; I'm still new to virtualization.

    Also, I came across this older article about Fusion being faster overall. https://www.tekrevue.com/2015-vm-benchmarks-parallels-11-vs-fusion-8/. I know Parallels used to be the clear winner, but maybe Fusion caught up?
  4. infernoguy macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Meaning it will do the same as fusion and run Win10 virtualized without issues.
  5. Mac03ForLife, Nov 6, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2017

    Mac03ForLife macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2017
    Washington, DC
    It's quite possible to run any of this with decent results. By all means, if it works for you, it works. However, I wouldnt try anything harder than the video editing.

    EDIT: I misspoke. I have the 2011 one
    Not sure how i missed that one

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