Parallels Desktop Switch To Mac
Posted 05 March 2010 - 04:48 AM
Posted 05 March 2010 - 07:16 AM
Mac's are a pleasure to use and well worth the effort to learn a few basic things. But, you're absolutely correct about Parallels, may I suggest one thing, for a virtualization software that is reliable and hassle free, give VMWare Fusion a try.
I switched from Parallels almost 2 years ago and I've never looked back. Never once over the 2 years have I ever had a problem with Fusion. Yes, all companies encourage you to upgrade, but to tell the truth, I haven't had a need to. Parallels stopped working for me after about 8 months, customer service was of no use to me and I had uninstall/ reinstall at least 3 times before I gave up and sold my copy. Make life easier on yourself check out some of the other people (on Amazon) who switched from both Windows and Parallels and went with Fusion.
Posted 05 March 2010 - 08:13 AM
Completely agree as a long time user of VirtualBox and having used parallels and vmware fusion for years. The latest iteration of VirtualBox is very stable and supports a number of host and guest OSes.
Posted 05 March 2010 - 09:07 AM
Parallels 4 & 5 have been a pretty big improvement over earlier versions, every install I've done has gone smoothly (except one Windows 7 install, when I typo'd the COA) and the only customers I've had bring in were user error (deleting the VM data file holding everything while "cleaning up" their documents folder)
Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:50 AM
Posted 05 March 2010 - 02:22 PM
Posted 05 March 2010 - 02:42 PM
VirtualBox supports both 2D & 3D acceleration so games that rely on this technology should see some improvement. These features are enabled through the VirtualBox settings for the guest OS. I'm not a gamer but I've never had any applications fail to perform up to an acceptable level on VirtualBox, this includes many non-standard applications like real time, level 2 trading apps.
all the best
Posted 08 March 2010 - 08:18 AM
Just take your old PC, throw it on the network in the basement and then go download RDC (Remote Desktop Connection) from Microsoft and you can bring up a window on your Mac that is running your PC. All your programs running on the real thing. No virtualization needed. You don't have to see the PC. You don't have to listen to it. But, you have all your old software and other stuff instantly accessible.