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ready to load windows & parallels on new MBP-????

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After owning my new MBP for a week- and contemplating the best way for me to make this machine fully functional- I broke down and spent the $300 on Windows7 and Parallels well as a 500GB Passport external hard drive...I am looking for the smoothest/ simplest way to do what I want and need to do...I have also come to realize that Mac to PC for ME is like being immersed in a foreign country- where I have some use of the language- but not confident enough to just start sticking discs into my new machine...
So, my question, is when installing Windows 7 and Parallels, is there a particular order that I should install? Parallels first? Is there a sticky or any good article anywhere about this or any suggestions to ease my fears?
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well, here is my issue- I am self-employed- and rely on a PC specific - proprietary- single program that I must use in order to work- i work from home (thankfully)- but I work every day- and it is all from laptop...I can perform my work functions from SnowLeopard- and am confident- in that arena- the PC side uses one document retrieval program and Adobe 9 ex-pro...those are the only two programs that I will run/use in windows-the documents are retrieved and saved in PDF format- so once I pull them out of the windows side, I can finish my work on the Snow Leopard side...I had planned to just use Boot Camp- but the latest sales person I spoke to highly recommended using Parallels instead. Last weekend, I downloaded and read about 16 hours of material on my Kindle that was PC to Mac specific...I do have a photographic memory (literally) but, I absorb my information and retain it the most effectively by physically doing/ experiencing whatever I am learning. My primary anxiety is just that- anxiety- I have confidence- but I have been doing what I do so flawlessly for 10 years- and CHANGE just really annoys me and slows me down- so I tend to obsess over the pedantic details of the CHANGEOVER to avoid the actual change...make sense? lol
It seems that a lot of the education and information is based a lot on opinions from personal experience- which I much appreciate- but I also overwhelm myself because I retain it all...
My requirements/ needs/ functions on the new Mac are so simple it is almost laughable- I research- all web based- and then compose reports for my client- all paperless- and email them- nothing fancy or high-tech- but, I must use this one program that I referenced above that is not Mac Compatible- Now, my daughter uses a mac- and uses it to type my reports and send to my client- I send all to her via email in pdf format- she has never had any issues-
Any thoughts? I appreciate any and all input thank you
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thank you for your post- since I bought the Windows 7, I plan on installing it- it is worth the investment- since the program I must use is how I make my money i need stability and the guarantee of least amount of glitches as possible- the program is super proprietary- and only used by very small and specific market- it is not available to the public- I will go ahead and load Parallels and then the Windows7- I am not going to do any web browsing/emailing or ANYTHING other than the document retrieval from this one program using windows- I use webroot antivirus w/ spysweeper on all of my PC's and prefer it over the others- its funny, because I had a new one in my hand and prepared to purchase when I bought Windows7 and Parallels, and the sales clerk talked me out of it...see, this is where I get so confused! He suggested downloading a free service in lieu of buying one. I feel like the initial investment of the MacBook- and the fact that it is imperative that it runs smoothly- that I would rather pay extra for the software that ensures the smoothest transition.
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Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
I don't know if webroot antivirus w/spysweeper is the best or not (my testing done a couple of years ago showed the need to run at least TWO anti-virus programs to have any hope of catching most of them), but your reasoning seems sound to me.
Hi, not trying to be pedantic here, but just wanted to point out that installing two antivirus programs on windows is generally a bad practice as it often causes conflicts. Many folks do that 'cause they think it's a double layer of protection, but the result is often worse the the viruses themselves. In this case it's fine because I assume spysweeper is a spyware scanner.

Just wanted to point it out in case someone decides to install 2 AV programs after reading. Of course, it's nice to have a lot less virus/spyware stress on OSX, as I'm finding out now

Btw, no offense meant in this post, just trying to help

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