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Parallels Workstation for Windows

The 15-day trial of Parallels Workstatation requires free registration at the Parallels Web site.

Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

Create, install, and run additional operating systems on your PC with this flexible tool, but the extensive setup and customization is for experienced users only. Using various interfaces with common functions and layouts, Parallels Workstations for Windows creates templates for building and implementing additional virtual machines on your system. These additional operating systems cleanly share your hard drives, network cards, memory, and other hardware.

Installation of this package is relatively simple. Intermediate to experienced users will find it takes but a few minutes. However, the next step is as simple or complex as the operating system installed. Each additional OS must be added in the same manner as a new installation. After that point, this program takes over, switching between the installations on the fly. You'll have to install a subset of the program in the new OS. Parallels Workstations for Windows makes the process easy with a single command on the program's main interface under the original OS. Switching is easily accomplished with a hot-key combination, and the chosen OS immediately takes control of the mouse and keyboard. As with any such arrangement, you may need to install special drivers in the new OS to handle your hardware.

Expert users should have little difficulty adding additional operating systems and switching back and forth. However, the difficulties of drivers, hardware conflicts, and such could stymie less-experienced users. Parallels Workstations for Windows isn't the most simple to implement in the genre, but the 15-day trial should be plenty of time to find out if it fits your needs.

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Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

Create, install, and run additional operating systems on your PC with this flexible tool, but the extensive setup and customization is for experienced users only. Using various interfaces with common functions and layouts, Parallels Workstations for Windows creates templates for building and implementing additional virtual machines on your system. These additional operating systems cleanly share your hard drives, network cards, memory, and other hardware.

Installation of this package is relatively simple. Intermediate to experienced users will find it takes but a few minutes. However, the next step is as simple or complex as the operating system installed. Each additional OS must be added in the same manner as a new installation. After that point, this program takes over, switching between the installations on the fly. You'll have to install a subset of the program in the new OS. Parallels Workstations for Windows makes the process easy with a single command on the program's main interface under the original OS. Switching is easily accomplished with a hot-key combination, and the chosen OS immediately takes control of the mouse and keyboard. As with any such arrangement, you may need to install special drivers in the new OS to handle your hardware.

Expert users should have little difficulty adding additional operating systems and switching back and forth. However, the difficulties of drivers, hardware conflicts, and such could stymie less-experienced users. Parallels Workstations for Windows isn't the most simple to implement in the genre, but the 15-day trial should be plenty of time to find out if it fits your needs.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.2

Version 2.2 includes a redesigned interface, better networking, full Unicode support, support for multi-interface USB devices, full support for Windows Mobile 5 devices, and many other new features and fixes.

General

Publisher Parallels
Publisher web site http://www.parallels.com
Release Date June 09, 2007
Date Added June 09, 2007
Version 2.2

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

Download Information

File Size 19.25MB
File Name Parallels-Wst-2.2.2112-Win.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 9,242
Downloads Last Week 3

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 15-day trial
Price $49.99
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