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    Parallels vs. Boot Camp
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    Parallels vs. Boot Camp
    OK, so I'm new to MAC's and I dont know the main difference between the two. I know that BootCamp is free, but I dont mind paying for Parallels is its better in a any specific way. How do the two differ, and what advantages do they have over one another? Thanks guys =)

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    Parallels vs. Boot Camp

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    In a nutshell, Parallels is a program that runs within OS X. You can then run Windows inside of Parallels. The benefit is that you get to run Windows and OS X apps simultaneously. The trade off is sharing resources between two operating systems - thereby slowing both down.

    Boot Camp is special software that partitions (splits) your hard drive into two or more virtual pieces -- one for OS X, and others for Windows, Linux, etc. You'll then have a choice, when you start your Mac, to choose which operating system you want to use. The benefit is that, whether you're using OS X or Windows or Linux, you'll have all the system resources available. The trade off is that it's slower to shut down OSX, and reboot into Windows (and the reverse) than it would be to start a Parallels session.

    Hope this helps!

    J

    PS... A word to the wise: folks around here refer to Macintosh computers as either Mac or mac - but never MAC.

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    Parallels vs. Boot Camp
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    haha righteo, 'Mac' it is! Thanks for your help. I might go with the Parallels option seeings as though I wont be using Windows for anything more than to run my C# .NET Visual Basic program which doesnt demand much hardware wise. Thanks!! =)

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    Parallels vs. Boot Camp
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    Parallels works great for me. The only issue is that you need a full install version of windows [xp or vista]. Upgrade version is not officially supported. You could try the well known workaround but I wouldn't recommend it. The EULA means that legally you can only install Vista business or Ultimate on a VM.

    Hope that helps.

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    Parallels vs. Boot Camp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatboydim View Post
    Parallels works great for me. The only issue is that you need a full install version of windows [xp or vista]. Upgrade version is not officially supported. You could try the well known workaround but I wouldn't recommend it. The EULA means that legally you can only install Vista business or Ultimate on a VM.

    Hope that helps.
    That got changed. MS changed the EULA to allow virutalization of home basic and premium

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    Parallels vs. Boot Camp
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    Quote Originally Posted by porkchop_001 View Post
    OK, so I'm new to MAC's and I dont know the main difference between the two. I know that BootCamp is free, but I dont mind paying for Parallels is its better in a any specific way. How do the two differ, and what advantages do they have over one another? Thanks guys =)
    Go to the section called Windows, Linux and others and look for my red chevie avatar, i wrote a small comparison of the two. Look in the thread called "I'm really confused about Bootcam and Parallels"
    Mac Pro Intel 2.66 - 4 Gigs Ram - 10.6.1 - 30" Apple Monitor
    iMac 24" 2 gigs ram - MacBook Pro

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    Parallels vs. Boot Camp
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    Now why is it that I installed Parallels (I have bootcamp currently) but when I launch XP through parallels XP wants me to re-register the OS .... then it can't connect to the internet because it's not "sharing" the network yet.

    I would love to have a program like parallels because I take online college classes which requires Windows/IE/Microsoft Office crap... I can't launch my virtual campus on Safari either and Firefox messes up the discussion boards. So switching back and forth becomes a pain.

    Editing to add too: I've also had windos crash on me within Parallels as well. This is also another frustrating thing with Parallels for me. Bootcamp seems to run windows beautifully.

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    Parallels vs. Boot Camp

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    VM Fusion is another option - I find it faster, and uses less RAM and CPU than Parallels (I have both programs).

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    Parallels vs. Boot Camp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambaud View Post
    VM Fusion is another option - I find it faster, and uses less RAM and CPU than Parallels (I have both programs).
    I second this; VMware is also having a deal right now where you can get a $20 rebate off VMF if your in the US. Can't beat that.

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