Running Windows On A Mac OS
Mac has been gaining popularity recently; however, Windows is still the highest rating operating system, especially for businesses. If you have applications only available for Windows, or you want to play computer games that are not available for OS, there are several ways Mac can run them for you.
There are four main options that you could use to run Windows:
Boot Camp-This program offers the best performance, but you need to reboot your system, and you can’t use this along with OS, it either has to be Mac or Windows. Parallels Desktop-
VMware Fusion-Very similar to Parallels Desktop, but only has 256MB vs. 1GB in Parallels.
VirtualBox-This is a free program, however, it is complicated to set up and lacks all the fancy criteria you may want.
Parallels Desktop-You will want to use this program to play games that you can’t play on a Mac. Parallels outperformed Fusion. Parallels also have better Direct X support.
What about Licenses?
There have been some fairly large hidden costs in the prices of these applications, which is the software license. For non-business users, Fusion allows you to use it on any Macs that you own. Parallels however, requires one license per machine, and uses activation to check those serial numbers. Fusion will be the less expensive if want to run your program on more than one MAC. And remember, when purchasing the virtualization program, you must also purchase Windows itself.
Is it hard to install Fusion?
No, similar to the ease of Rocket Software by RLink, Fusion is very simple to install. There is no installer to run, you just drag and drop the program to any directory you want, and you can store the program anywhere. Fusion will ask for an administrative password when you first launch it, but they are hidden in a low level system and you will not find them. They will remain within the Fusion application and activate automatically on launches. They also deactivate when you quit Fusion, unless you choose to keep your Windows application menu in your Mac’s menu bar. Fusion is also very easy to uninstall as well.
Parallels extensions are installed in the System folder and they are always present. Two background processes will run after you quit Parallels, but they don’t take much space or power.
Fusion and Parallels offer many setting options, with Parallels offering slightly more, but also has a more complicated preference screen. They are both well organized, however, Parallels collects anonymous usage date, and you have to opt out by disabling it, with Fusion, and you opt in, not out.
Both Parallel and Fusion act with Windows as though they are regular Mac apps, howeve4r4, Parallels treats the windows of Windows apps as one, although they display separate. Regardless of how many Windows apps you are running, they will lump together in on Parallels entry, and utilities may not work correctly.
With Fusion, it treats Windows applies like any other window from OS X application. The system separates them from each other, and each Windows app gets its own entry.
Both programs are well designed, it is how you prioritize your likes and dislikes that will help you choose between the two.
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