VMware Fusion 3.1 vs Parallels 5

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  1. WJaekel

    WJaekel Notebook Enthusiast

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    I will get my new MBpro in about a week and I'm torn between Parallels 5 and Fusion 3.1 for running Windows 7 64bit in a VM apart from installing it via Bootcamp. I'm not interested in gaming, though. I have yet to buy another PS CS5 licence for the Macbook since my CS 4 win version isn’t transferable anymore. However, I want to stick with my present win CS 5 licence for the use on my Desktop PC for now. So I’m thinking of running PS together with other Windows based programs on the MBpro in a virtual machine, at least for a limited period. I know that this isn’t a long – term solution by preference, but anyway I need a virtualization program for other win-only applications.

    I did a search - also in the "Windows" thread here - but couldn't find any reports how the recent version 3.1 of Fusion compares to Parallels 5. From what I read in older threads and tests I found, VmFusion has been said to be more stable in the past while Parallels has had the reputation of being faster, having better graphics support and being less resource – consuming. There are also reports of repeated win 7 reactivation issues of users who set up a VM using the existing Boot Camp partition in Parallels. As said, I’m not interested in 3D-performance for games but in general stability, speed and resource- consumption when running PS or other win 7 (64) -based applications.

    Thank you in advance for your comments

    Wolfgang
     
  2. chris2k5

    chris2k5 Notebook Consultant

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    I'd go with Parallels. It really is a snap to use and I haven't had issues using it.

    What I actually did was install my Boot Camp Windows 7 64bit first and then used that partition during my virtual machine installation. So it used the Boot Camp partition which makes it easy for me.

    No problems as of yet. I would also enable spaces so you can put the Windows VM on space #2 to give it full screen real estate.
     
  3. PEEGGY

    PEEGGY Notebook Consultant

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    parallels here. vmware tested>>>slow
     
  4. QueenOfSpades

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    I prefer Parallels 5 over VMWare, too. It's much quicker and easier - I love being able to just open programs.
     
  5. ClearSkies

    ClearSkies Well no, I'm still here..

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    Another point to consider, however, is that editing within a virtual machine is going to be much slower than under native Windows. You might be better off just running it under BootCamp, depending on your tolerance for speed and performance.

    In my experience, most people running Adobe's pro version software like CS fall into the speed sensitive type.
     
  6. idlehand

    idlehand Notebook Consultant

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    I have had better performance with Parallels then Vmware.
     
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    I prefer Vmware Fusion.
     
  8. akg18281

    akg18281 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I've had better performance with VMware, but then again I never shutdown the virtual windows. It runs all the time in one of my Spaces. Battery killer, but no issues with speed.
     
  9. LedCop

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    Wouldn't a Windows license need to be purchased regardless of whether it was used for Boot Camp or a virtual machine? :confused:
     
  10. ClearSkies

    ClearSkies Well no, I'm still here..

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    Correct. My error.
     
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