February 28, 6: For many Mac owners, the idea of running Windows or other operating systems is appealing. If you need to switch back and forth frequently without restarting their computer, though, this is not a great option. Parallels 10 is the most expensive of the bunch, but is it worth it?
Set Up Process The set up process can be extremely easy, or incredibly confusing, depending on how you choose to go about it. You cannot use a Windows. Once you have the disc image, the installation of Windows itself is typical, but before you get into the actual installation Parallels will ask you some questions to determine how to optimize it for you.
You can choose productivity, games, design, or development. Choosing one of these will make the setup process quick and easy. The set up process can be extremely easy, or incredibly confusing, depending on how you choose to go about it. More experienced users can visit the setup options and adjust every aspect of your Windows installation, from the amount of RAM used to power Windows to how 3D graphics are handled. Using the automatic option caused almost all text to be missing from my Windows 10 installation.
It defaulted to DirectX 10, and I had to turn it off completely for my older mid MacBook to handle it. This meant I had to wade through the wide array of options, which is great to have for advanced users, but for someone new to virtualization, these options can be quite complicated.
It took some trial and error, but at least there was a solution, frustrating at is was. Advanced users can tweak every aspect of their installation, and new users can click a few buttons and be ready to go.
This means that you can still click a phone number link and make a call from your Mac, as long as your iPhone is nearby. This, along with some of the other features, make Windows not feel like a separate OS, but rather an integrated part of the OS X experience.
The theme of integration is enhanced by a feature called Coherence. This lets users launch Windows applications from the OS X dock directly. As long as you already have Parralels running, it will pop open just a like a Mac app. If not, it will start the Windows boot process, and then open the app in a window. But Coherence provides a much smoother transition between the two operating systems, as if the two were fused together into one seamless interface.
When running Windows in full screen, switching between it and your OS X environment is the same as switching between desktops on your Mac.
Swiping to the side with three fingers moves you over, or you can swipe up with three fingers and access all of your desktops. It creates an incredibly seamless experience that makes Windows feel like part of your normal workflow. You can also copy and paste across OS X and Windows.
The process feels completely natural, and will come in handy for long-time Mac users though it will always feel weird to close and minimize programs from the right side of the screen on an Apple computer. You choose how much RAM and how many cores you want Windows to be able to use, which lets you adjust the experience based on your needs. OS X alone scored 2, in single core performance.
OS X running alongside Windows in Parallels 10 productivity app mode managed a slightly low score of 2, When the RAM assignment was increased to 4GB the score was the lowest of the bunch, but not by much, with an average of 2, Unfortunately, the Mac used for testing struggles to run even basic, native games, so PC games were out of the question.
I did notice a major increase in heat when running both Windows and OS X, but the issue was only evident at high load. Heat was normal at idle. Again, this is not at all surprising, as the four year old laptop was certainly being pushed to its limit.
Starting up Windows does take a while, and during the Windows boot period, the laptop was nearly unusable. If it was in a shutdown state, it took a little over three minutes for everything to get going.
Everything settled into place and worked fine, but it most certainly tested my patience every time I fired it up. Resuming from sleep was almost immediate, just like it would be if you were opening a Windows PC. As for Battery life, there was a noticeable decrease in lifespan.
With just OS X we hit two hours and 46 minutes running the Peacekeeper battery test. Running the same test through Windows with Parallels 10 netted two hours and four minutes of life, which is definitely a noticeable decrease. Conclusion In the end, Parallels 10 is a great piece of software for running Windows, Linux, and other operating systems on a Mac.
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Whatever you need Windows for, Parallels is the best tool for the job. This allows you to quickly switch between the Mac and Windows desktops. Virtual machines are complicated, but Parallels makes it reasonably simple to set one up and use it. Parallels costs more since VirtualBox is free and Parallels is not , but there are hundreds of little design touches that help make running Windows within macOS as painless as possible, and that make setting everything up quick and easy. How Much Does Parallels Cost? Browsing the Parallels website, it can be a little tricky to find out what the product actually costs. This lets you run Parallels on a single Mac. Parallels Desktop Lite can only run Windows virtual machines if you pay for a subscription, however. One more note: