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Free memory has nothing in it. Inactive memory caches recently used information just in case the system might use it again. This is especially beneficial for file storage. The system only needs a tiny amount of free memory so the program asks for memory to be allocated it doesn't have to page some other active memory out to disk and cause that program to ...


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I was in the exact situation as you 2 weeks ago. I have developer friends who have used Parallels in the past for their Windows development VMs, and they had since moved to VMware Fusion 3. I started off with a trial of Parallels Desktop 6; in a nutshell, I had issues virtualizing some of my physical machines, but overall it ran my VMs well. However, I did ...


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For Bootcamp I'm using AutoHotkey app as a way to remap standard Windows keyboard switch combination to Command ⌘+Space. I've just tried to remap right command key of my Apple Aluminum keyboard to become Context menu key and it works with editing AutoHotkey.aht configuration file and adding RWin::AppsKey as a key binding. You may read more on ...


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You don't have the Lion compatible version of Parallels installed! The current version is 6.0.12094. You can download the latest version from Parallel's download page or use Check for Updates... in Parallels Desktop menu.


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Power off your VM, open Parallels Desktop, select the VM you wish to modify then in the menu bar select Virtual Machine -> Configure... You'll get a Options window where you can change all the settings of the VM. Specifically to your application problem, you can modify those settings underneath Options -> Applications. I'd uncheck "Share Windows ...


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If you run Parallels off a disk image, you can expand that partition to as much disk space as you have available. All it requires is shutting down the VM. As far as I know you can't shrink a disk image. If you're running Parallels off a Boot Camp partition, it's possible in some cases to expand that partition later on, using third party tools. This ...


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The best advice. Trail both and then decide. I was a long time fan of VMWare, however recently moved to Parallels. Side by side, Parallels gave me a 5.1 experience index for Windows 7, and VMWare Fusion gave me a 4.9. Performance wise both are solid on my hardware, however I prefer the interface and coherence features of Parallels over Unity. This is however ...


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I was able to get my Macbook Pro to run the same licensed copy of Windows 7 Ultimate on both Bootcamp and Parallels 5 by activating it on both. I was having trouble running and activating it on my Parallels VM which ran the Bootcamp install. So what I did was change the MAC address of eth0 to match the one from Bootcamp. Once I changed that, I called ...


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The original LaunchPad Cleaner would clean up the icons, but running parallels would undo the cleaning. The updated LaunchPad Cleaner V2 corrects that reversion and works to more permanently clean these parallels icons from the LaunchPad view. Two other workarounds options are also available: upgrade to the build that supports Lion, as suggested by ...


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Assuming there are no firewall issues, it may be worth double checking that you are using the correct IP address to connect to your Mac. When using Shared Networking, Parallels creates a separate sub-network that is used between Parallels and your Mac. As such, your Mac will be using a different IP address to communicate with Parallels than it will to ...


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Parallels have instructions here for making their software (version 6 or later) work better with Time Machine. You can either optimise your VMs for Time Machine backup, or disable backup for them. Parallels Desktop for Mac includes improved integration with Time Machine. When backing up the virtual machine, it will only backup the recent changes (the ...


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I'm a Fusion user and have been for a few years now. Fusion 4.x has been a nice upgrade and it's a very stable way to run the latest Windows OSes on OS X. I think you'll be fine with Fusion or Parallels -- both are tested and support Win7. VirtualBox is a nice option, but be prepared to go it alone if you run in to any issues. None is really better than the ...


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BootCamp is usually between 3 and 4 times faster than either VMWare or Parallels. Bootcamp is the actual OS running on real hardware, where the other choices are running inside the constraints of the host OS and must share resources (memory, cpu, etc...) with the host OS. BootCamp has full control of all of the system's resources. It should be able to ...


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I've seen this particular problem many times, and a lot of it has to do with how Windows handles DPI scaling. Since you are using a Retina MBP - which has an extremely high resolution, you'll want Parallels to manage the DPI of your Windows VM. You can do this under your Virtual Machine's configuration, Hardware, Video Options, and select "Best for Retina". ...


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Yes they should get backed up, since your MS Word and Excel files are located in your Mac User Documents folder and not the Parallels .pvm. If they were located within your Parallels .pvm and it's excluded, then they would not be backed up. The .pvm file essentially acts as the hard disk drive for Parallels, and is basically a separate container that exists ...


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I had the same issue initially. After upgrading to the latest version of Parallels (which also solved the virtualization issue), all Windows applications were moved to ~/Applications (Parallels) at the first start of Parallels and the icons now don't show up in Launchpad any longer.


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I also wanted to run ubuntu native on my iMac and could not figure it out for the longest time. I refused to use virtualization software. Took a look at ubuntu's website and the instructions it provides work the best for me. First make bootable Ubuntu USB Stick http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx Restart your computer. Hold ...


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Ars Technica recently did a rundown of the performance differences between Parallels 7 and VMware Fusion 4: http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2011/10/virtual-showdown-parallels-desktop-7-and-vmware-fusion-4-reviewed.ars The general takeaway seemed to me to be that Parallels is delivering better performance outside some very particular uses.


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Yes there is! The Unofficial Apple Weblog has dedicated a whole topic about moving your copies of Parallels. Basically it's just a matter of copying your Parallels folder to the new Mac. The only thing you need to do, besides moving the folder, is reinstalling the Parallels Tools.


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As the comments have suggested, Parallels does not support Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 directly. Parallels Knowledge-base article However, the VMware knowledge-base does list a pair of patches from Microsoft (x86 patch and x64 patch) that remove the requirement for the hardware virtualisation on XP mode which should allow Parallels to also run the XP ...


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I had the same problem, with a USB disk drive. Parallels was configured to ask each time yet always put the device to the guest I'd first used it on. Choosing Parallels Preferences didn't help. The device wasn't listed as one that had a permanent assignment. I think this is expected behavior as the documentation talks about a "New" device. The fix for me ...


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VirtualBox is free so the downside to trying it is just your time. I did, and stayed with it. I primarily run XP but I did play with a couple of Linux flavors on it as well. Its seamless mode works well, showing only the application's windows on your OS X desktop among whatever other OS X stuff is there. I point my few remaining Windows apps to shared ...


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I don't thinks so. I've been using VMWare (same way of working as Parallels) for years now without a partition and I've never suffered any issues. When using virtualisation software without a partition, the software creates a dynamic partition which will grow depending on your needs. So basically, it's the same. Only the dynamic partition is a virtual ...


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Parallels has a specific setting to optimize its VMs for backup by Time Machine and prevent backing up unchanged data. To enable improved integration with Time Machine, please go to Virtual Machine Configuration, choose Options and hit Backup. Select "Optimize for Time Machine" in SmartGuard menu. Similarly, VMWare Fusion has some support for Time ...


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Got it working. Microsoft currently publish free, official Windows virtual machines for things like Parallels and others, for exactly this sort of testing - currently distributed on http://modern.ie Go to the virtualisation page downloads section and choose 'Mac' then 'Parallels'. For me (on Lion, July 2013) the "IE9 – Win7" VM didn't work at all, but the ...


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installing Ubuntu as dual boot with OS X running OS X from within Ubuntu: install VirtualBox add yourself to disk group: sudo usermod -G disk,vboxusers -a `whoami` create virtual disk pointing to your real disk VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename ~/.VirtualBox/OSX.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/sda -partitions 2 -relative (if your OS X is not on ...


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People have gotten VirtualBox to use a partition as a drive for a virtual machine. However, I don't believe it is officially supported. This link, while discussing windows as the guest, may point you in the right direction. http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.phpf=7&t=20793&p=89806&hilit=raw+partition+vista#p89806 Old but still contains ...


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To extend @Kyle's answer, which is correct by the way, you have to consider the fact that after the upgrade, you might have to re-authorize Windows. I really don't know what Windows is thinking or what Parallels is doing, but I've seen two people who had to re-authorize their Windows 7 Home Premium inside a VM after that upgrade from Parallels 5 to 6. This ...


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As I use it on regular basis I can say it's good performance of using Bootcamp installed windows via VMWare Fusion 3. Here is process I followed. Make a bootcamp partition using Bootcamp Assistant for the space. Install the Windows XP version. Open the VMware and select the bootcamp partition, when you create a new virtual machine for Windows. VMWare ...



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