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    Running parallels on new macbook
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    Running parallels on new macbook
    I just got my first mac, a macbook, and would like to run windows xp on Parallels desktop 5. Is anyone else doing this? Are there any performance issue running this setup on a macbook?

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    What are the specs on the Macbook? Lots of people are doing this, but perhaps with VMWare Fusion or VirtualBox (the other 2 Virutalization software). Running WinXP inside a VM is always going to be of lesser performance than running it natively..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    What are the specs on the Macbook? Lots of people are doing this, but perhaps with VMWare Fusion or VirtualBox (the other 2 Virutalization software). Running WinXP inside a VM is always going to be of lesser performance than running it natively..

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    My specs are 2.26Ghz Core2Duo and 2Gbs DDR3 RAM. On my PCs I use VMware but parallels looks really good.

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    My guess is that it is going to vary depending on what you do. I have a pretty much top of the line MBP (3.06GHz, 8GB RAM 15" model) and tried both Parallels 5 and VMWare Fusion 3.0 when I first got my MBP back in December. Parallels was so convincingly better for the way I use it that it is hard for me to understand why anyone would use VMWare on the surface. Performance, stability and tools all were better on Parallels. The lone place VMWare stood out was migration. I'm in the software industry though and I am well aware that different users have different requirements so that is just what was better for me. I am running Windows XP, Windows 7 Ultimate and a beta version of Chromium in Parallels and things were great.

    I don't know if Parallels is offered as a demo but VMWare is so you can try it and see if it meets your needs.

    Also, Windows performance shouldn't be substantially different from what it would be running on any other PC as this is virtualization and not emulation. In reality it is running natively with the specs you configure. My understanding is that there is some slight trick being played with the video card that keeps it from running exactly as it would natively but I haven't done enough research on it to tell you. I can say for sure that Windows XP and Windows 7 both have outstanding performance on my config. I have a similarly spec'd PC running Windows 7 Ultimate and cannot tell any difference at all.

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    I have used both over several years and prefer Parallels, especially version 5.

    I run Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7 via Parallels.

    The more RAM you have the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRAKALACKIN View Post
    I just got my first mac, a macbook, and would like to run windows xp on Parallels desktop 5. Is anyone else doing this? Are there any performance issue running this setup on a macbook?
    Whether you use Parallels or Fusion they both in a sense divide your computer into two computers which means that you can't use your computer to it's fullest power on either Mac or Windows. This is usually not a problem unless you are using intensive programs such as the latest video games at the highest graphics settings.

    This is why Boot Camp was invented so that you can boot into Windows rather than dividing your computer's power with Parallels. Although like I said for most people this is not an issue because most likely you are going to run non-intensive software. The trick I've learned is to not give Parallels/Fusion more system resources then it is necessary to run your Windows software. Giving it too much resources will slow down your computer because you Mac still needs some in order to work well. Upgrading to more RAM will help. I use Fusion with XP by the way but Parallels is good too.

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    I have a mini and am running Parallels 5.0. This release is finally good! You can download a trial. I have, pre 5.0, heard that other virtualizations were better. Not sure now how they compare but I like 5.0 much better then I did previous versions. The programs I use are quite simple so your mileage may vary. I also don't tend to use intensive programs on the pc side and don't keep it attached to the net, have done maybe 1 initial update (when I had PC only, I only did critical updates and had fewer problems than when I did updates as per constant ms request using xp also)

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by EndlessMac View Post
    Whether you use Parallels or Fusion they both in a sense divide your computer into two computers which means that you can't use your computer to it's fullest power on either Mac or Windows. This is usually not a problem unless you are using intensive programs such as the latest video games at the highest graphics settings.

    This is why Boot Camp was invented so that you can boot into Windows rather than dividing your computer's power with Parallels. Although like I said for most people this is not an issue because most likely you are going to run non-intensive software. The trick I've learned is to not give Parallels/Fusion more system resources then it is necessary to run your Windows software. Giving it too much resources will slow down your computer because you Mac still needs some in order to work well. Upgrading to more RAM will help. I use Fusion with XP by the way but Parallels is good too.
    Last night I installed Virtualbox and installed xp on it and it works great. So what does fusion or parallels have to office over virtualbox. Virtualbox being free and fusion and parallels being about $80

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRAKALACKIN View Post
    Last night I installed Virtualbox and installed xp on it and it works great. So what does fusion or parallels have to office over virtualbox. Virtualbox being free and fusion and parallels being about $80
    Some folks on Mac-Forums swear by "Virtual Box"...and like you said it's FREE!

    If virtual box does everything you need Windows to do...save the $80 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRAKALACKIN View Post
    Last night I installed Virtualbox and installed xp on it and it works great. So what does fusion or parallels have to office over virtualbox. Virtualbox being free and fusion and parallels being about $80
    I have never used VirtualBox so I can't say. The difference probably comes from features and performance, but if it's working for you then use it until it doesn't work well for you anymore.

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