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    just curious which would be better to run on a macbook air for running windows 7 32 bit.

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    I would go for Bootcamp, although it really depends on how you want to operate it. If you are fine with rebooting into OSX or Windows 7 then that is the best (resources wise) way to go about it. Plus this way there is no other expense to virtualisation like Parallels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by safarisurfer View Post
    just curious which would be better to run on a macbook air for running windows 7 32 bit.
    Either one would be fine. I happen to like Fusion better but that's just me. They both have trial versions which you can download and test with. Also, don't overlook the free Oracle VirtualBox. Not as full featured as the other two but it does the job.

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    I agree, Fusion is more stable (at least in my experience). Also, much better Linux support.

    VMWare is the forerunner of virtualization technologies and their products tend to be very mature and well sorted out at release. This differs significantly from Parallels who seem to release new versions with beta-level stability.
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    Another Fusion user here, although, I don't find too much to get me to use Windows on my Mac.
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    Also Fusion seems to run sales pretty often so if you keep you eyes open you can get it much cheaper than the normal price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by safarisurfer View Post
    just curious which would be better to run on a macbook air for running windows 7 32 bit.
    I haven't see any comparison tests using Windows 7 yet, but here is a comparison test with Vista:

    Fusion vs. Parallels Benchmarks
    Head-to-Head: Parallels Desktop for Mac vs. VMware Fusion

    Macworld magazine published an online article comparing options:
Choosing a virtualization application | Software | Editors' Notes | Macworld

    Another comparison article:
    A Review of Software to Run Windows on a Mac - WSJ.com

    How to choose which virtualization program to go with:
    Gizmodo, the Gadget Guide

    I own Parallels, and I can tell you that their support is abysmal. But the product's performance and ease of use once you get things sorted out, are excellent.

    A very similar free option that you might want to try first:

    Sun's VirtualBox (Free)
    VirtualBox

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    cool thanks guys. paralles said on their site version 6 was faster in 80% of the operations tested on fusion or something like that.

    I am running bootcamp but would like to run win 7 within osx. I will look at fusion though since it seems to be popular and read those articles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by safarisurfer View Post
    cool thanks guys. paralles said on their site version 6 was faster in 80% of the operations tested on fusion or something like that.
    Parallels' marketing frequently does that, mostly because it's very difficult to quantify and it's an easy sell for the gullible.
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    I use Parallels. I find it fine for my needs, but their support is absolutely woeful to the point of embarrassment.

    With a MacBook Air (and 2GBs of RAM I assume) you'll really struggle to run Vista or Win7 in a virtual machine and do anything useful. You might want to consider XP with that setup, or just use bootcamp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by safarisurfer View Post
    cool thanks guys. paralles said on their site version 6 was faster in 80% of the operations tested on fusion or something like that.

    I am running bootcamp but would like to run win 7 within osx. I will look at fusion though since it seems to be popular and read those articles.
    Parelells is full of it, they make claims like that all the time. To be honest, I've used both Fusion and Parallels and ultimately, they're both pretty close in performance.

    Where it makes a difference is that I find Fusion's support and support community about 300% better than Parallels. Parallels also gouges customers on their frequent version upgrade costs at least in relation to what I've seen from Fusion so far.

    So ultimately, technically they're very similar. It's the support and company philosophies I think that make the difference.
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    +1 to Fusion here but I'm just about to celebrate being able to remove both Fusion and Windows as I've finally managed to find everything I wanted in the mac world - thank you iBank and Reunion.
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    Interesting read. Thanks to Randy Singer for the Links too.

    I'm looking to run either Parallels or Fusion on my Core 13 iMac when it arrives. Don't want to mess with BootCamp since I'm really only looking to do some light gaming on the thing and I like the idea of having Windows in a Window on the Mac Desktop.

    I'm leaning towards Fusion right now and the games I'm looking at are not top of the line CPU or GPU intensive games (that's what the X-Bosx and PS3 are for), they are mostly 7 or 8 year old games that have been reissued and will run on Win 95-XP (One that I just found is one of the Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends series). Speaking of which I'm looking at installing a retail version of XP Home Edition on whichever one I end up purchasing.

    All that being said, is there going to be any real difference between Parallels and Fusion for what I am looking to do? Both retail for about $70 locally.


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    Keep your eye out for a Fusion special. I purchased Fusion 3.X about 3 months ago for $9.99 while it was on sale. They frequently have promotion sales and specials which I have yet to see from Parallels.

    Also, if you're going to just be running some older Windows games that are not particularly graphic intensive, VirtualBox from Oracle might work well enough. You can't beat the price.

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