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Games Internet Explorer: If you are a web developer and want to test your website in IE (which you have to). Also some corporate intranet applications work only on IE(6/7/8 compatibility mode). Microsoft Office: Yes, there is a version for the Mac, but some prefer the Windows version (I remember reading sometime before somewhere, (unable to find the link) ...


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Developing and running .Net applications. And, no, Mono is not a viable alternative, and likely will never be while MS keeps extending .Net.


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Because OSX manages memory (as does Windows) it is often difficult to tell if performance issues are caused by memory limits. Technically, you really want the OS to capture all the available memory and allocate as needed, in which case, you would see all of the memory being 'used', even though there may be memory available but not allocated by the OS. This ...


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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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As any modern operating system, OS X tries to make use of RAM as much as possible. For example, OS X: keeps data in memory when an application quits to gain time if it’s launched again; caches recently used files from your (slow, slow) hard drive for faster later access. Obviously, this memory is still available for other uses if need be. But the system ...


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Under the account settings, there is a list of items that run on start up, per user. Place a shortcut to the Windows 7 VM in there, that should do the trick.


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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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If I remember correctly, you should be able to install Ubuntu into Boot Camp, and then virtualize it using Parallels Desktop. Works great with Windows; most likely with Ubuntu as well.


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No, your Windows VM and all the programs installed on it are stored on a virtual hard drive file. Upgrading Parallels won't affect the VM.


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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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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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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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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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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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As a professional software developer, I often use various versions of Windows inside VMWare on a Mac. Reasons include: It's easy to back up the virtual machine, so if it gets malware, I can just snuff and restore it. If I need to run a Windows program or utility, it can be a lot quicker to start up one of my virtual machines on an already-running Mac than ...


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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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the main reason might be compatibility: There is a lot of software for MacOS X and you can do nearly everything with a Mac and there is software which is even unique on MacOS X. On the other hand, there is "standard" software for Windows in some areas e. g. in engineering CAD CAE and simulation software which does not exist afaik for MacOS X. ...


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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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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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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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You have a lot of cores, and hyperthreading makes it appear to the system that you have twice as many. The reason you may not ever see activity on half your cores is because the system is not utilizing them. While the system may be multiprocessor aware, not necessarily will every application you run. Today's processors are very very fast, which means that ...


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At work, it's usually because the company has some application, maybe in-house developed or maybe bulk licensed, that's Windows only. Or the company uses some web service that is only certified to run on MSIE, not Safari (et.al.) Added: One company I was visited solved this problem neither by running Windows on their Macs, nor by providing everybody with ...


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First of all, I would investigate the reasons behind your school asking you to use Windows. It may just be that they're unaware that a lot of Mac software can handle 'Windows files' such as .doc, .xls, .zip (!). Indeed, there's a ton of open source software such as OpenOffice that works equally well on both platforms. The reasons I have to boot into Windows ...


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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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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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