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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I've found a way: Enable Select boot device at startup in the virtual machine After the startup of the VM press any key to enter the boot device menu Select Boot Maintenance Manager Select Boot from file Search your recovery volume (usually it's the 2nd one listed) Select com.apple.recovery.boot Select boot efi Recovery ...


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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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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 visualization 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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I had the exact same problem. I went a different route, and decided to sacrifice the nice high-DPI of the Retina for a scaled solution that makes everything look right. In Parallels VM Config → Hardware → Video → Resolution Use: Scaled Not: Best for Retina, More Space Restart VM Windows Display Settings → Set Resolution: 1280x800 + Apply Windows Display ...


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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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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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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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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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First ensure you have set the type of your VM network as "Shared Network" (in Parallels open the VM Configure window > Hardware > Network). Don't know if it works with another network type. From Parallels: browser test your OS X localhost: Parallels creates a little DHCP network for your virtual machines, and the OS X machine itself is at the gateway ...


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I found that mapping a different key to the Win command did not remove the Cmd key being mapped to Win. What worked for me was to map Cmd to Shift. All the other shortcuts such as Cmd + S (save), Cmd + C (copy), etc still worked but hitting Cmd by itself now just activates the Shift key which really does nothing by itself.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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sudo nvram boot-args="debug=0x144" This is a combination of kernel debugging features that will show you extra information about the kernel's processes, which can be exceptionally useful if a system is experiencing kernel panics. Another option is to use debug=0x14e, which will display even more logging options. The primary use for this is that it ...


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Short answer, yes. The MacPro 1,1 can run 10.7.5 as it's latest OS. I have a 2008 Black MacBook which runs the same. Despite being on an OS from 2011, you can still run the latest version (v7.1.0) of VMWare Fusion. You can also jam 32 GB of RAM in there. Plus, the Xeon from 2006 will almost be comparable to a Core i5 from a couple of years ago. Like ...


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That's not really how this works. The Android device images are not bootable images or installers or something. They contain a packed copy of the Android OS specifically built for the targeted device as well as all required hardware drivers. No virtualisation software will find any bootable code in such a firmware file. Also most VMMs (including Parallels) ...


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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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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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