VM Virtualization SW to run Windows on Mac

Posted on 2012-09-05
Last Modified: 2012-09-18
Hi All - I want to run Windows on a Mac, as a VM (not Bootcamp).
I've used Parallels and VMware 3 & 4.
Are there any others ? Both Parallels & VMware seem to have their issues but worked well. Thought I'd check.
Question by:bleggee
    LVL 3

    Accepted Solution

    Though they both have their issues, I would stick with either as they've been established as virtualization leaders in the MAC realm.

    My personal choice would be VMware/Fusion, but that's purely out of preference. Budget might dictate otherwise!
    LVL 1

    Assisted Solution

    I have used Oracle virtual box before and it was working nicely.
    Although VM fusion works faster, virtual box still works good and stable.


    LVL 116

    Assisted Solution

    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    VMware has just released VMware Fusion 5.0.

    Parallels for Mac is the Best product.
    LVL 39

    Assisted Solution

    There are a couple of other options if you only want to run specific Windows Applications ...

    Crossover -
    Great for running many Windows applications including MS Office without having to install a whole VM - saving space and RAM

    WINE -
    There are several ways to install WINE on OSX out there .. I really like this one as it well organised but is very new

    If you want a full VM I prefer Parallels over Fusion and VirtualBox .. that's my contribution.
    LVL 3

    Assisted Solution

    Virtual Box runs better than Fusion or Parallels in my experience... and its Free.

    Make sure you install VirtualBox guest additions, and the VirtualBox Extension Pack.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    What Is Threat Intelligence?

    Threat intelligence is often discussed, but rarely understood. Starting with a precise definition, along with clear business goals, is essential.

    As a Mac user and former AppleCare AHA & Senior Advisor, I'm constantly bombarded with questions about Macs and if they need Antivirus. This short article is my response to those questions.
    VM backups can be lost due to a number of reasons: accidental backup deletion, backup file corruption, disk failure, lost or stolen hardware, malicious attack, or due to some other undesired and unpredicted event. Thus, having more than one copy of …
    Teach the user how to delpoy the vCenter Server Appliance and how to configure its network settings Deploy OVF: Open VM console and configure networking:
    Teach the user how to install log collectors and how to configure ESXi 5.5 for remote logging Open console session and mount vCenter Server installer: Install vSphere Core Dump Collector: Install vSphere Syslog Collector: Open vSphere Client: Config…

    794 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    18 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now