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OK Long story updated old G4 Ibook...someone stole it. Now have a Imac and can install Windows being on the new intel chip. I have a great copy of anti-virus and XP, but I don't know what app. to get for her. I just got a gb of ram (so 2gb, but might just sell new ram and get 4 gb soon) and think I can run either fine.

The price is the same for each...Which is better? I read alot on this, but it doesn't really tell me from the users themselves. Please help in which app I should pay for and use.

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This question must have been asked dozens of times on this forum alone. There is no 'right or wrong' answer, it's just down to individual preference.

I use Parallels on a MacBook with 2 gigs of RAM, and I run XP and SuSE Linux just fine. VM Fusion has (slightly) better DX9 support and runs multi-core applications a little quicker. However if speed and games are your thing, Bootcamp beats both.

I think Parallels has a smaller footprint, and I like how you can launch your Mac apps within Windows if necessary.

Download both, try them both out, and see which you like best.

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This question must have been asked dozens of times on this forum alone. There is no 'right or wrong' answer, it's just down to individual preference.

I use Parallels on a MacBook with 2 gigs of RAM, and I run XP and SuSE Linux just fine. VM Fusion has (slightly) better DX9 support and runs multi-core applications a little quicker. However if speed and games are your thing, Bootcamp beats both.

I think Parallels has a smaller footprint, and I like how you can launch your Mac apps within Windows if necessary.

Download both, try them both out, and see which you like best.
Hmm....I am going to set it up with Bootcamp 1st. I am worried for I saw nothing but issues using it. Now that was when it was new, but I think most are corrected? I also didn't like the fact VMware is still beta vs. Parallels is about to launch it's 3rd version.

Great idea about trying them out..I didn't think about that..lol.
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Hmm....I am going to set it up with Bootcamp 1st. I am worried for I saw nothing but issues using it. Now that was when it was new, but I think most are corrected? I also didn't like the fact VMware is still beta vs. Parallels is about to launch it's 3rd version.

Great idea about trying them out..I didn't think about that..lol.
Well VM Fusion is no longer in Beta and Parallels launched V3 about 9 months ago... maybe you got stuck in time?

Seriously, it depends on what you plan to do in Windows. If it's gaming, you HAVE to use Bootcamp, or possible Crossover but that's limited. But if you just want standard office apps and the ability to run WM11 and IE, then Parallels or VM is just fine.

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if your needs are not great the try the FREE opensource Virtualbox
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which is the program that displays two windows on the LCD, a box window for Mac and a box window for Windows? So I can flick from one to the other.

Just out of interest...

Which program is the 'easiest' to install for a new Mac user? I have heard a lot of people having errors and other problems installing all three and I just want one program that is very simple for a very new mac user. With no need to reinstall leopard as i have no idea how.
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which is the program that displays two windows on the LCD, a box window for Mac and a box window for Windows? So I can flick from one to the other.

Just out of interest...

Which program is the 'easiest' to install for a new Mac user? I have heard a lot of people having errors and other problems installing all three and I just want one program that is very simple for a very new mac user. With no need to reinstall leopard as i have no idea how.
I've used both BootCamp and VMWare and neither program has required me to reinstall Leopard. I personally prefer VMWare and find it very easy to install. <><

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I personally chose VMWare for the 64 bit support, not that I'll ever NEED it with only 4GB in the machine. But I like the flexibility.
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Which program is the 'easiest' to install for a new Mac user? I have heard a lot of people having errors and other problems installing all three and I just want one program that is very simple for a very new mac user. With no need to reinstall leopard as i have no idea how.
Parallels is very easy, and it's just like installing any other Mac application. You will not have to install Leopard even if your windows install goes wrong - just drag the entire thing to the trash.

Since both VM Fusion and Parallels are free to trial, why don't you just pick one at random to try out?

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Thanks I guess when the tme comes I will try one of them or even both. I would need to get a Windows XP package as well.
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I ended up getting VMware for right now till June they have a 20 rebate. Also sorry for the late information...being stuck in time. That was one of the best info pages about the two app. Thank you all for your input
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