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Parallels vs VMWare fusion 5

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mrbob1928 Calculating status...
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Dec 10, 2012 12:23 PM

Recommendations please. Windows version 7 or 8 with Parallels 8 or VMWare Desktop 8??

Thank you.

24" iMac
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 12:31 PM (in response to mrbob1928)

    For speed and quicker application updating I'd choose Parallels. For security and better crash protection at the cost of being slower then consider VM Fusion.

     

    In any event a search of Google should provide you with a list of links of benchmarks and other comparisons of the two products.

     

    Or if spending $80.00 is just too much for you, then take a look at the freeware VirtualBox 4.2.4.

     

    If running Windows concurrently isn't your bag, then you can certainly run Windows 7 in a dual boot setup using Boot Camp: Mac 101- Using Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp.

     

    Apple provides no support for Windows 8, so if that's what you want to run, then you may have only one option - Parallels.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,310 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 4:32 PM (in response to mrbob1928)

    For speed and quicker application updating I'd choose Parallels. For security and better crash protection at the cost of being slower then consider VM Fusion.

     

     

    I agree 100% with Kappy, I use Fusion, Parallels was faster, Fusion doesn't seem to break, ever.

  • John P. Level 4 Level 4 (1,145 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 10:26 PM (in response to mrbob1928)

    Vmware Fusion 5.

  • romko23 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
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    Jan 1, 2013 12:13 AM (in response to John P.)

    I second that! Vmware Fusion 5. I hate Parallels, especially its updating is sometimes problematic. Vmware Fusion 5 is much better and more use friendly than Parallels 8.

  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Jan 1, 2013 4:15 PM (in response to mrbob1928)

    mrbob1928 wrote:

     

    Recommendations please. Windows version 7 or 8 with Parallels 8 or VMWare Desktop 8??

    Thank you.

    It's really all up to you.  I got Parallels v3 as a part of a bundle deal when I bought my first MacBook Pro, and I have gotten upgrade discounts on it since to keep me current.  I got VMWare Fusion through a cross platform or competitive upgrade program when I bought it back in the v2 time frame.  I have always tended towards Parallels for speed reasons, but both seem to work.

     

    One thing to keep in mind is that I am only running 32 bit Windows systems in my virtual environments.  I use one for Work support purposes, so nothing but work is run there, and for my personal things that still need Windows, I don't need 64 bit, so I still use a 32 bit install there too.  The only problem I ever had with Parallels was when I was running it on a Boot Camp partition that also had an HFS+ driver loaded for Boot Camp.  In that situation, it would hang during shutdown if run as a virtual machine.

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