Which to get: VMware or Parallels

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  1. nisca11 macrumors newbie

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    Hello
    I will be buying from MacMall today and was going to get the free option of either parallels or VMWare. I wanted to know what you guys thought was the best version to run windows.
    Right now I am on a Powerbook G4 so I have only run the silly MS program for Virtual Machines. So any one of the two I am sure will be a 100% improvement. But I have no experience with either. So please help me choose.

    Thanks alot for your help. I appreciate the community.
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    those programs only work if you have an intel mac.

    since you have a powerbook, you are stuck with virtual pc..which sucks i know

    now if you did have an intel mac, i would reccomend vmware, but both are good
     
  3. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000

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    I've used both and VMWare seems to be more stable. I actually switched to VMWare because I was having problems using Parallels. It kept freezing up and was driving my research assistant crazy.

    Cheers.

    P.S. What computer are you buying?
     
  4. Sky Blue Guest

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    Might want to try reading that post again.

    I'd go with Fusion.
     
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  6. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for Fusion. Haven't had any problems, and if you wait a bit.... you could get v2.0 (I'm not sure if it's a free upgrade for people who buy v1.1 now, but it's free for the early-adopters)
     
  7. nisca11 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just to clarify, I currently have a PB G4

    I am looking to buy the
    MacBook Pro
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB/200GB/8600MGT/SD
    at Macmall, I was going to buy anyway but today noticed they dropped the price almost 50 dollars so I will probably get it.

    They say I can get Parallels for free or VMware for 20 dollars now that I look at it.
    Based on the posts so far it seems Vmware is better, but is the VMware software worth the extra $20. I didn't notice earlier that it was 20 bucks after rebate. I thought it was free as well after rebate.
     
  8. stomer macrumors 6502a

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    I'd have to say go with Fusion. Parallels gave me too many problems. It would kernel panic my MacBook and it completely borked my bootcamp partition.
     
  9. tobyg macrumors 6502a

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    Fusion. Parallels makes you pay for major updates even when the software didn't work. I never paid for the ugprade to 3.0, and 2.x along with 1.x is crap. They're coming out with 4.0 soon which will be another paid upgrade. Meanwhile VMware is beta testing 2.0 which will be a free upgrade for 1.0 owners. VMware 1.0 has never crashed my machine, where Parallels 2.0 did. USB devices in Parallels 2.0 would bluescreen the VM. I've never had a VM Bluescreen (XP) in Fusion. Parallels feels faster yes, but if faster means I'm rebooting the VM more often because it bluescreens, parallels can keep their fast.. and their bluescreens.

    +1 VMware Fusion.
     
  10. Delameko macrumors member

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    Personally I'd still go Fusion for $20, its $79.99 usually, so still a massive saving. Version 2 is coming soon and its a free upgrade. I have both, they both have features the other doesn't but I've felt Fusion is more stable.
     
  11. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Fusion is faster, and has the added bonus of looking less like it was designed to look at home in a kindergarten.

    Even with a $100 price difference, I'd choose VMWare.
     
  12. soms macrumors 6502

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    +1 reading posts helps

    and go with Fusion
     
  13. nisca11 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks alot guys, this helped a lot

    I just wanted to update you and say that I just finished clicking order now for the MacBook Pro with the VMWare.

    Thank you very much for your help!


    Now all I have to do is complete my order for a Ram upgrade and I'll be set.
     
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    first post didnt say he was buying a mbp, just that he was going to macmall. i thought he was going there to get one of the programs

    i did read the post, just interpreted it differently apparently
     
  15. iSee macrumors 68040

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    Just want to point out that Fusion is far from perfect, itself.

    Fusion has some serious specific problems in regard to its "shared folders." I like to keep my data files on the mac partition and access them from the VM through a shared folder. Several programs, though, have problems accessing files from Fusion shared folders...

    It's also got problems with keyboard drivers. I've got a custom keyboard driver for running Windows under Bootcamp. But when I run my bootcamp partition under Fusion, it chokes on the driver... It's annoying because I have to disable it each time I use it. I had similar issues with a mouse, though I don't use that mouse anymore.

    There are also several annoying aspects of "coherence" or whatever they call it.

    So, I use Parallels.

    Hopefully Fusion 2.0 will be fixing most of this, though.
     
  16. Trip.Tucker Guest

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    He's not. He has a G4 and is stuck with MS VirtualPC
     
  17. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    he is buying a new comp

     
  18. Trip.Tucker Guest

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    Oh I didn't read his later post. In that case, Fusion :) Way better than Parallels and I have both, although I no longer use Parallels, it is still on my primary machine for kicks when I fire it up every now and then.
     

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