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    Question Parallels or similar apps
    Hey guys I was wondering if you guys know if parallels is the only software of it's kind or if there may be a free program out there that does the exact same thing. Any info is helpful! Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by audiofader View Post
    Hey guys I was wondering if you guys know if parallels is the only software of it's kind or if there may be a free program out there that does the exact same thing. Any info is helpful! Thanks!
    VirtualBox is a free application that does what Parallels does.

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    rsmithgi beat me to it. I use VirtualBox and it works just fine. Even if there was no VirtualBox, you could always buy VMware Fusion, for the same price as Parallels, instead. VMware Fusion: Run Windows and Chrome OS on Mac for Desktop Virtualization

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    I run both Parallels and VMWare..(I do digital forensics, so I need a few different options). I have to say, running both the same Win OS's side by side, as much as I like VMWare, Parallels performes much better. That's just me. And to be honest, I have always been a fan of VMWare.

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    Thanks for the info guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbinva View Post
    I run both Parallels and VMWare..(I do digital forensics, so I need a few different options). I have to say, running both the same Win OS's side by side, as much as I like VMWare, Parallels performes much better. That's just me. And to be honest, I have always been a fan of VMWare.
    I agree 100%.

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    So how does virtual box do performance wise compared to Parallels? I used parallels before on a friends macbook, a while back, running xp, and the speed was suprisingly fast IMO. I heard they have good DX support as well.

    I have seen the free Virtual Box, and it looks quality. But is it slower? I was thinking of taking advantage of the student pricing for windows 7, and setting up a virtual machine..

    It would be purely for fun though....because OSX can handle anything I want to do...

    I really have no reason for it, except for the wow factor lol.

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