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    Parallels 7 vs Parallels 9?
    Hey everyone,

    I used to have Windows 7 installed on my MBP via bootcamp, but I had a hardware malfunction and lost that partition.

    I would like to do some light gaming on my MBP still, so I was thinking of getting Parallels this time around for the convenience of not having to re-boot every time (and when I was running windows my MBP would get extremely hot even just idling).

    So my question is, I can get Parallels 7 very cheap, but is Parallels 9 significantly better than 7? Enough so to warrant paying a fair deal more for it?

    Thanks!

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    I have tried both parallels 7and 9 and can't tell much difference. - however, some programs may have compatibility issues in Parallels vs Bootcamp due to handling of hardware interfaces. No biggie but a caution. I too prefer Parallels vs Bootcamp just because of rebooting issue.

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    Go with Parallels 9 if you intend to use it for games. It has better graphic rendering of the hardware and all around will run Windows games faster than version 7. Neither version can compare with running Windows natively from a Boot Camp dual boot, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrimZ View Post
    So my question is, I can get Parallels 7 very cheap, but is Parallels 9 significantly better than 7? Enough so to warrant paying a fair deal more for it?
    If you ask the Parallels folks…they would certainly say 9 was better than 7.

    Another way of "playing" things is…wait for Parallels 10 to come out…then buy Parallels 9 at a big discount (usually about $39-$49…instead of approx. $79).

    Or…since 9 is the newest…buy 8 at a discount.

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