Will my mbp(OSX) get slower if i install Parallels??

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  1. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a

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    Well i need Microsoft's office on my new mbp(college student) and thats all i need from windows..so i though that using Parallels is more suitable for me/so i dont have to reboot and so i can share the files with mac/..if i install parallels on my mac and win xp on it(already have a copy of win xp)..i know that win xp would work slower than boot camp...but will it effect on OS X and make is slower as well???:confused::confused:
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    When Parallels is running, OSX will be slower...

    I recommend NeoOffice, as its free, and you don't need Windows...unless there's a specific reason you need Microsoft Office. I use NeoOffice, but may buy the next Microsoft Office:Mac when it comes (hopefully later this year) :)
     
  3. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    sounds good,but i really need the exact same office software on my current win xp...for computer exams and crap...it must be exact the same -_-
     
  4. jdavtz macrumors 6502a

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    OS X will only be slower when Parallels/WinXP are running. Installing them won't make a difference.

    When you run Parallels/WinXP it creates a 'virtual machine' which you allocate a chunk of RAM. Default is 512MB. So if you start with 1GB in your Mac, that only leaves half for OS X, which will slow down *if* you have OS X apps open that want more than 512MB.
     
  5. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    there is also the very real possibility of spontaneous combustion!:eek:
     
  6. SDDave2007 macrumors regular

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    for the most part WinXP under Parallels is FASTER [depending of course on the PC your comparing it to]

    but so far programs on my Mac under Parallels run 2.8x faster than they did on my PC

    Plus you can tell Parallels who gets priority OSX or XP
     
  7. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thats awesome! so when i want to use office i can make parallels gives more priority to win =D...

    but,
    *is parallels completely safe to be installed on mac?
    *how much space does it take(with winxp installed on it)?
    *does installing in on my mac makes mac boot slower?or make it work slower(when parallels is closed!)[dump question i know =P but want to be sure]??
     
  8. john2006wright macrumors regular

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    Are you on the pay roll for Neooffice?;) Or just a really big fan?:D
     
  9. barr08 macrumors 65816

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    Parallels is safe to install, as long as you outfit your XP virtual mchine with some anti virus. If you need a good AV, your new University probably provides you with one.
    Parallels takes up little space, I believe it is about as much as whatever software you have on there, plus the XP operating system. You can probably get away with <5 gigs.
    Parallels will not slow down your starup, or your os x when it is not running.

    One thing you might want to do is only allocate a little bit of RAM (like 256 or something) to you parallels VM. 256 is the minimum for RAM listed on the MS website for office. That means you would only lose 256 megs of ram on your os x when parallels is running.

    Oh, and I am not sure about this. You may be comparing your XP on an old windows box to XP on a new MBP, in which case the MBP would run it faster. Parallels XP speed is near native, but is not perfect. There have been quite a few benchmarks displaying this.
     
  10. psychofreak Retired

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    Although we now know why the OP needs MS:Office, I just don't see why many people feel they need a MS product, when there is a great free UB alternative.

    As you MBP presumably has 2GB RAM, Parallels with XP will run fine. Remember that if Office is the only software you will be running in Parallels, you don't need Windows anti-virus/spyware, as you won't need the internet in your VM, so it will be quite fast :)
     
  11. netdog macrumors 603

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    Why do you prefer running Parallels + MS_OfficeWin + XP to simply running MS_Office_OS_X?
     
  12. barr08 macrumors 65816

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    It sounds like he might need to access the Internet for what he will be doing, exams, etc. I could be wrong, but AV is deffinitely a good choice for any Windows machine/VM. Better safe than sorry.
     
  13. psychofreak Retired

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    The software has to be exactly the same, for exams.

    I still recommend NeoOffice for your non-exam work, as it is easier than booting up XP :)
     
  14. LMO macrumors member

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    Probably not a noticeable difference when Parallels is not running, but there are hooks into the OS X kernel and there is some overhead all the time.

    You might take a look at VMWare Fusion. All reports are that Fusion is more stable than Parallels 3.0 and performs better.
     
  15. SDDave2007 macrumors regular

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    guess I need to say something outside the quote!
     
  16. ssslithe macrumors newbie

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    I intend to install Windows XP and I also only really need to use a few programs, so was thinking about using Parallels.

    I've already partitioned my drive with Boot Camp. Should I install XP on that partition and then install Parallels? Or should I kill the partition and use Parallels to install XP?

    Is it a very complicated process? I'm vaguely computer literate but I get confused easily, haha. Any advice appreciated.
     

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