First Look: Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac



+ Add a Comment


From what I gather you can run a server edition of Snow Leopard on Parallels now but not a desktop. I would not be surprised about some hack to make it work. But I do not know of one myself. I thought the same thing as sometimes I have had issues with Lion.



Currently Parallels is having problems with the 7 installation. There are a number of people, including me that have it installed on their machines and it is significantly increasing (2-3 times) the boot up times on the computers (not the VM, but booting up your mac) and double booting issues. Parallels doesn't have a solution to this yet, everything they have sent me doesn't work. If I were looking at upgrading from 6 to 7, I would save your money until they get these issues worked out. Currently Parallels latest solution to me is to go back to using 6 until they issue an update, or use a solution that a user has posted on the forum. Just my .02.



If installed under Lion can Snow Leopard be run in Parallels? Or vice versa ?



I use VirtualBox. It does everything I need. It's easy to set up. Best of all it's free. Has anyone compared VirtualBox and Parellels? Is Parellels really worth $80 more than VirtualBox?



I can't even instal Windows Vista. It sits at the Installtion screen. Then when I quit and restart says Windows Error Recovery. and then it starts windows normally. and then sits on the windows loading screen. I would buy windows 7 if i was actually going to use it.



I don't really want to give Parallels 7 and total thumbs down. It does run better then Parallels 6 on Lion and it is faster although hardware has to be there to help it do that. I have only 2GB of RAM on my 2010 Macbook Air and it shows in Parallels 7. I upgraded thinking Parallels might have tweaked it enough to help the memory issues. But alas I was dreaming that VM ware can solve a problem when you need more then a virtual solution. I needed more RAM!
I mostly just use Parallels to run Windows 7 for Internet Explorer. I really should have opted long ago to just run BootCamp and save myself the frequent upgrade costs of Parallels hoping for a fix for my slow Mac's (My other Mac was a Mac Mini). In the end Parallels does about as good as any Virtual Ware can do. In the end your experience depends mostly on your hardware and not Parallels.

Log in to Mac|Life directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.