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  • 5.0 stars

    "What an amazing thing, absolutely delighted with this"

    April 19, 2014  |   By rogermanawatu

    Version: Parallels Desktop 9.0.24229.991745

    Pros

    I searched for days around the idea of how to get my familiar windows programs to work on my new Mac with Mavericks and 16G of Ram. I choose Parallels, downloaded, installed it without delay and very little Help on how to do it, other than other reviewers saying the wizards were fairly intuitive. Then Installed Win7 and my old serial key. Away I went. Now in my second day, have e-Sword, Real Player Alternative and VLC Media going. As we speak I am using Internet Explorer on my Mac! I am very impressed, this is far and away the best piece of software I have bought in ages. It works in slightly funny way with its integration and confluence or whatever, but man it works! I will install some old MS Office software my wife likes and it is going to make the windows to Mac transition much easier. So far seems stable, it had one little trick post installation to install some extra tools, apart from that NOT Hard to use.

    Cons

    Very few at this stage. eg I notice something funny when filling out a search field, sometimes the text doesn't appear.
    I still have to install some Antivirus. That one big reason why I ditched Windows.
    I did not find a PDF walk-through on installation. That would have been nice. Our school server blocks YouTube so I can't see the Movie file helps at Parallels, not their fault.
    No, this is good stuff, I have nothing to compare it to, never used Fusion or Virtual Box.

    Summary

    I got my copy from Creation Engine (Google that) for 40 bucks cos I am a student and work at a school, so I am very happy about the price. I know that if I do need a upgrade sometime, it will cost the same or more, but as I have a high power system, that won't need to happen for a long time. I just love that I can skip from Win7 to Mac, have access to ALL files. As a humble Office and photo album person, watch movies, I don't need light speed graphics or processing, so I can't vouch for Parallels that way with gaming. But I hear it works ok. Whether you pay $40 or $80 this is gooood value as you can still use sooo many windows products. Eg DVDdecoder and Format Factory to rip and backup movies. I still have a Premiere Elements 8 licence that I can resurrect, rather than buy the latest, so on with my old family video clip editing.

    As for the install process, all you need to know is that when installing Win7, look under your old laptop for the Windows sticker and use the Product Key, 30 digit key for the installation. later, after install-shutdown-reboot you have to find the Parallels tools package and install it on the virtual windows. Sorry forget the exact name and location but it is important, as it allows the integration of files. Eg in Windows Explorer you can see and access all the Mac files in the Window structure. Now it takes some intelligence you get your head around all this virtual stuff, the fact that windows and the C drive is simulated but works as real. But hey, get used to it, so is the Whole Universe, but thats another story
    Ok, enough said about all this. I am puzzle here by people with very negative esperience. I do not look forward to having a serious issue as I know how torturous getting good help and IT advice can be. I do know that Fusion is about the same for IT support, and the Upgrade is basically full price, generally people like Fusion because it is simpler and easier to use. I can't imagine any much simpler than this. I have written a long, glowing review because I am so pleased to so easily be about to double my computing power with this thing. I do have a dual boot laptop that is Win 7/Ubuntu and it is not easy to use or maintain. The dual boot crashes, and you actually have to use a flash drive to copy files across, which is very cumbersome. Ubuntu uses an emulator called Wine, and to get a windows program to go on it the first time took about two days work, phew and lots of Geek power. This is my comparision with Parallels, which was about two hours and very very simple if you already know how to install any software.
    Regards, Roger Levy, Vanuatu

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