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Parallels Desktop for Mac (Intel Mac)

Platform : Mac OS X Intel
2.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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  • Run important applications available only for Windows
  • Software for running Windows alongside Mac OS X; no need to reboot
  • Run Windows and other operating systems on the Mac simultaneously
  • Share files between Windows and Mac OS X with a shared folder
  • Set up with a simple wizard-driven interlace that even automates network settings
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System Requirements

  • Platform: Mac OS X Intel
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.2 x 19 cm
  • ASIN: B000GHIV2Q
  • Release Date: July 11 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,122 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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The reviewer after me suggests that I'm using an older version and so the problem is a non-issue for Parallels 4.0. Think again. Parallels 4.0-- still many, many problems. Just go to Amazon.com (US) and look at the reviews of people who've actually bought Parallels 4.0. The return rate is very high. Complaints about customer service (or the lack of it) is very high.

Let me offer a suggestion, since there is some confusion.

1. There is no need to buy Parallels (or any Virtual software) if you're only going to use Apple's proprietary system Bootcamp. All you have to do is install Windows on Bootcamp. Now, there's the hassle of coming in and out of Bootcamp to access your Mac side.

2. I've now been using VMWare Fusion for almost one (1) full year. I have never, never once had to reset it. Or, lost any work because of the glitches that were (and, apparently) still are a problem with Parallels. I bought VMWare, just like I bought Parallels with my own money: not a promotional gift, so I have no reason to slander any company for any reason. VMWare FUSION--JUST WORKS! Period. 12 months--NO Problems whatsoever! If you need more verification, just go to Amazon.com (US) read some of the testimonials from VMWare Fusion owners. It's just that simple. Great product. (When you go to see the reviews by current owners of Parallels for Mac 4.0, keep in mind what I wrote here.) Nothing's changed. Unfortunately.

1.0 out of 5 stars Parallels--A revised, Critical Review- Jan. 16, 2008,

I wrote an early review of Parallels Desktop, roughly about 7 months ago.
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I have now been using this software, on a daily basis, for over a year (I have some favourite "personal productivity" applications that I am reluctant to abandon as their equivalents do not exist in the Mac world - I also continue to use my accounting software in Windows).

I have 4Gb on my MacBook - 2 Gb allocated to Max OS and 2 Gb allocated to Parallels and Windows. The software, for me, is very stable. I usually have 4 to 6 applications running on my Mac and 3 to 4 applications running also on my VM. Occasionally, the entire system will slow down, this seems to be related to the Kapersky security software running under XP. Once Kapersky has finished its business (usually after a couple of minutes) everything is back to normal.

Improvements that I would like to see - videos are jerky when running PPT and showing a video during a presentation under the VM (I now just open under the XP partition with Bootcamp instead of using Parallels). Version 5 claims to have improved performance in this area. When a USB flash drive or a DVD is inserted, XP aggressively captures the media and it cannot be "seen" under the Mac OS unless you shut down Parallels.

I will wait a couple of weeks before doing the upgrade to v5 - the cost for a boxed set, with shipping and taxes is almost 60 dollars US, so I will probably buy the upgrade through Apple Canada or Amazon.ca instead of from Parallels itself.

One last thing, when I ordered Parallels 4 from Amazon.ca, they sent me version 3 instead. I returned the item but did not receive the credit for almost 6 months. I also had to wait about 8 weeks before version 4 become available on Amazon.
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The previous reviewer that rated this product 1 Star probably was using an older version. I have had no problems with Parallels v.3 using a Boot Camp partition with Windows XP on it.

The benefit of this arrangement is that I can either boot my iMac directly into Windows using Boot Camp, or else boot into Mac OS X, and then start Parallels to access that same Windows partition to run Windows inside Mac OS X. I can also transfer files back and forth between the two partitions using Parallels.

In addition to using Parallels as described above, I also have a second Windows XP installation in a Parallels Virtual Machine (VM). This works well also, but I just don't trust entirely the idea of having a single file acting as a Windows partition.

Lastly, I also have an installation of Ubuntu Linux in a Parallels VM. Its only hitch is that it gets stuck when shutting down. My workaround is to ask it to reboot, then shut off the VM just when it does reboot.

With 4 GB of RAM in my iMac, I am able to run Mac OS X, Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux all at the same time.

Some early adopters of the newer Parallels v.4.0 have reported problems, but as of early January 2009 there is now an updated version that resolves many of the problems.

If you have recently switched from PC to Mac but hesitate to get rid of your old PC just in case you have to run a Windows app, Parallels will enable you to reclaim some desk space.
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For a while this product functioned well enough on my Mac Mini ... but then problems began. I suddenly could no longer open the Virtiual Machine due to some error message about "Virtual blah blah not activated on my Mac ... try restarting, if that doesn't fix it, contact Parallels..."

I soon discovered that there is NO WAY to contact this company. They are hidden behind a huge shield of useless FAQs and forms to fill out and they want me to pay to find out how to fix a problem with their software? WTF?

I highly recommend NOT wasting time on this product. It could be a good program, but the company behind it is STRANGE STRANGE STRANGE if ever you need help.
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