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run windows on your mac without having to restart July 18, 2006

Posted by farshadf in Intel Inside, Uncategorized.
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Yes, Mac OS X is twice the operating system Windows will ever be. But if you’re a recent Switcher or biz type of guy, there’ll still be times when you’ll need to run a Windows app. Apple’s Boot Camp (free) works well, but it requires you to basically shut down your Mac side and restart in Windows — a pain if you need to switch back and forth quickly. Parallels Desktop ($80), on the other hand, lets you run Windows (or Linux) in its own isolated window alongside Mac OS X. And don’t think of this software as just another Virtual PC-type program — Parallels is fast. You can do pretty much anything on Windows running in Parallels (except hardcore gaming) without noticing any lag (especially after a healthy RAM upgrade). Parallels is absolutely fantastic for those of us who need to jump into XP every once in a while to do something, but don’t want
to leave our candy coated Mac world.

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