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Tag: PARALLELS

Installing Windows 7 on a Mac

We're pretty excited about Windows 7, and we know that users are too. After all, with any luck, Windows 7 will be what Vista was supposed to be. Lee has done a bang-up job covering Windows 7 tips and tricks for PC users, but Mac users who use Windows for work or for compatibility testing don't have to be left out. Hey, I might not ever switch back to using a PC full time (and I'm certainly not...

Download Squad Week in Review

It's been a busy week at Download Squad HQ. We've been busy covering the releases of several new web browsers, updates to several operating systems, and we've been continuing our never-ending quest to find as many ways as humanly possible to waste time while using a computer. We're also expanding the Squad a bit. You may notice posts from some new bloggers over the next few days. Feel free to say...

Parallels for Mac hits 1,000,000 users

Parallels for Mac, the crazily popular utility for Mac users to run Windows on their Apple computers in...a window has said the product's user base has hit 1,000,000 users. That's a really nice pace for a piece of software not blessed by Mr. Jobs himself we'd say. Right now the company's running a special where you can get 2 copies for $129. Kind of cool if you have multiple Macs around the house...

Canonical adds Parallels to Ubuntu partner repository

Yesterda we showed you how to install Windows XP in a virtual machine using Ubuntu Linux and VirtualBox. But Virtual Box ain't the only game in town when it comes to virtualization software for Linux. If you go to to the add/remove applications window in Ubuntu and click on the third party applications option, you'll see that VMWare Player is available. And starting this week, you can also...

VMWare releases Fusion 1.1

Virtual machines have been around for years, but it's only been in the last couple of years that performance on them has become good for regular and productive use. When Apple made their big switch to Intel processors, an upstart company named Parallels came along and did what seemed at the time to be the unthinkable: they created a virtual machine environment in OS X that allowed users to run...

Parallels revs to 3, adds clutch features

If it weren't for Parallels Desktop, the virtualization product for Intel Macs that lets you run Windows alongside Mac OS X, many working Mac professionals would be forced to carry two laptops. So it's good news that the Mac's most popular method of running Windows within OS X (the other, less effective, method is VMWare) recently sprouted a few really useful enhancements: Parallels'...

High CPU usage with latest Parallels - what you can do

If you're running the latest version of Parallels on your Mac (version 3.0, build 4560), you might have noticed that when your Windows virtual machine is running, your Mac's CPU is almost exactly 50% utilized even when Windows is idle. If you're on a MacBook or MacBook Pro, you'll notice this pretty quickly since your fan will be running basically non-stop. So, what's the culprit? Strangely,...

Parallels does tribute "I'm a Mac" ads

[Updated July 8, 2007] The post containing the videos has mysteriously been pulled, and there appears to be no explanation. Commenter Au Yong Chee Meng points us to Google's cache of the post, however the videos are not working there either. Attempting to view them at YouTube shows that the videos have been made private, so it appears Parallels really doesn't want these to be available any longer....

Switching to Mac: Download Squad Switcher Podcast #2

While Steve Jobs has been busy dropping "computer" from Apple's name and pushing out iPod after iPod, the company is still probably best known by loyal fans as a computer maker. Unlike Windows PCs, Apple controls the hardware and software that goes onto every Macintosh, meaning they have a reputation for working the instant you plug them in. No struggling to make all the parts play nice together....

Parallels Desktop 3.0 on the way

Parallels Desktop 3.0 is due out in a few weeks, with over 50 new features. But some features are cooler than others, so here are a few of the good ones: 3D graphics - play Windows OpenGL and DirectX games on a Mac without shutting down OS X SmartSelect - set file types to open with your preferred applications on any platform Snapshot - back up or restore your virtual machine A full...

VMware Fusion Beta 2 available

VMware's desktop virtualization application for Mac OS X, codename Fusion (seriously, what isn't Fusion these days?), has hit Beta 2 and with it a handful of new features to boast: experimental 3D acceleration for Windows XP SP2 & DirectX 8.1, Vista support, improved networking, 64-bit OS support on Core 2 Duo Macs, and a slew of other improvements. Having tested the first beta release, I can...

Parallels Desktop launches

Parallels Desktop for Mac is officially out, and it looks a lot like the beta release we told you about a few weeks ago. Parallels, for the uninitiated, is software that lets you install multiple operating systems on a Mac, and lets you launch an operating system from inside of Mac OS X without needing to reboot the computer, like you would with Boot Camp. Here's some of the updates in the...

Dev Chair : My love-hate relationship with Apple development

First, let me start with the full disclaimer: I develop Windows .NET application by day (and by night too for ecto) and use Mac OS X at home for everything else. Before getting my Mac Pro last December I used to work on ecto using a second Windows machine, but since then I have been using Visual Studio 2005 in an XP virtual machine using Parallels. Whether you love or hate Microsoft, you have to...

Resize your Parallels drive, and make Windows like it

For those who have tried out or even purchased Parallels, odds are the first virtual machine you created was for Windows XP. I'm also willing to bet that you underestimated how large to create your virtual hard disk. If that's the case, then that clever chap Dan over at UNEASYsilence has put together an über-handy how-to on making some more elbow room for yourself. Using a combination of the...

Parallels to let you run OS X on a non-Mac box?

There's no question that Parallels is an amazing piece of software, letting you run Windows on a Mac OS X machine. The latest version of the software even lets you drag and drop files between Windows and OS X installations. But so far all this virtualization fun has only worked one way. You could purchase a copy of Parallels, and a copy of Windows, and install the whole thing on your Mac box. If...