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  1. #1

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Snow Leopard + Windows 7 + Parallels 5 = Compatible?
    Has anyone had any success in getting Parallels 5 to work in a stable fashion with Snow Leopard and Windows 7? In my case, Parallels 5 crashed Windows 7 so I had to re-install this operating system.

    The installation of Parallels 5 went perfectly, but within a few hours after installation, the software was having problems connecting to and operating Windows 7, and ultimately, I had to re-install Windows 7.

    I've also observed on the main forum for Parallels 5, that many users who are trying to use this software with Snow Leopard and Windows 7, are not having any lasting success.
    Personally, I'm not comfortable working with Parallels 5 again until they have released some software patches that address the current stability issues.
    I have tried contacting Parallels 5 Email Support but they have not returned my inquiries.

    Thanks for any feedback.

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    We have quite a few folks here that are using Parallels 5 and running a Windows 7 VM from it. (Also Fusion) I have not heard of any problems doing so. Did you install all the recommended Parallels 5 Guest Tools? Lots of users have difficulties because they neglected to install the Guest Tools.

    Check this LINK if you need more info.


  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2010
    Did you install all the recommended Parallels 5 Guest Tools?
    Yes, I installed the Guest Tools feature as well.

    I'm also considering VMware, which is actually cheaper than Parallels 5.
    VMware also has a free trial offer. Some earlier research I did suggested
    that Parallels 5 is a superior choice to VMware, but now I'm not too sure.

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    Jun 02, 2008
    I've run Windows 7 on SL with VMWare with no problems. VMWare is one of the first virtualization companies out there and have been dong business in the business and military sectors for some time. I had never heard of parallels until about 2 years ago to be honest. This was one of the main reasons that I chose VMWare. Both do work but without looking at your setup it is hard to say why Windows crashed.

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