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Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac [OLD VERSION]

Platform : Mac OS X
198 customer reviews

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  • Update to Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac with accelerated Windows 3D graphics, faster virtual machine performance, expanded USB device compatibility, improved Boot Camp support, Windows Beta 7 support and guest/host compatibility for Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  • Advanced virtualization engine with lightning-fast performance--use Windows on your Mac without rebooting
  • Run thousands of Windows applications at near native speed--Coherence 4.0 makes Windows programs run and act like Mac applications
  • Install Windows XP and Vista in 3 easy steps--drag and drop files between Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS X
  • Support for OpenGL and DirectX 9.0 3D graphics software including games
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PLEASE NOTE: This new update to Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac delivers brand new features plus performance enhancements including accelerated Windows 3D graphics, faster virtual machine performance, expanded USB device compatibility, improved Boot Camp support, Windows Beta 7 support, and guest/host compatibility for Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001K6OEV4
  • Item model number: WHMT
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,891 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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141 of 144 people found the following review helpful By P. Lau on April 17, 2009
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I have been a Windows user for 25 years and I have made the leap and replaced my Dell laptop with a MacBook. I am an application developer on the PC and Unix platform, and thus I run a lot of industry strength development packages and tools. I use Virtual PC to host different server environments on my Vista desktop, and on my laptop I run all kinds of server applications, from a Sybase database to a WebLogic web server. So when it came time for me to move to a Mac as my mobile platform, I needed a virtual environment for environment. With the adance of hardware assisted virtualization, now is the time.

I tried three virtualization packages - the Sun VirtualBox, VMWare Fusion, and Parallels. After hours experimentation and testing, I have decided on Parallels. Here are my findings.

VirtualBox is just not for prime time, lots of graphics corruption right out of the box. For instance, when you switch from full screen Windows to the OS X desktop, some of the Windows desktop would be left on the screen, obscuring the OS X screen. The interaction between the Windows desktop and the OS X desktops is not as seamless as that provided by Fusion and Parallels, and numerous other little things that detract from the overall user experience. So even though VirtualBox is free, it's not worth what I need to put up with.

VMWare Fusion and Parallels are actually very similar in how they work, and I don't see any difference in terms of performance. But after extensive usability testing I have found that Parallels gets more of the little things right. And it's the little things, the attention to details, that differentiates the excellent from the merely good.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gary Miller on April 23, 2009
Parallels Desktop for Mac version 4 is a major upgrade, yet, same price as previous version. I had issues with the speed of version 3, but no more provided you have sufficient RAM ( 2+).

It installs effortlessly, in my case I was upgrading, and it was easy, saved all my doc's that were on my Windows XP Pro deskstop, and creates Virtual Machines of BootCamp and Windows XP that I had installed. Then it goes thru a well done video tutorial or you can just go to work. I had issues on my iMac, new in March '09 with installing the new HP Wireless printer. I tried the online database from Parallels, and it wasn't too good helping me. So next I tried a Tech Support person from India, who's knowledge of Windows and Mac were mediocre. Rather than a simple check list of things we could go through, he waste much time, and in the end, didn't fix the issue, so daily new emails came to me to try things, finally, I asked a fellow Alaskan Apple Users Grp member for assistance. He had it fixed and installed in half hour. Part of the problem was that Parallels includes a Virus software free, with a yearly subscription of updates, and it was installed, and it's built in Firewall, was stopping the printer drivers from being installed correctly.

The many new features of Parallels v 4 are important to note. First of all, you'll see how much quicker it loads after it's revised and much improved 3 click installation that detected my Windows XP, and you can click it's icon in the dock where you can access Windows programs or your Mac apps. Another feature I liked was drag and drop between Windows or Mac, like attaching a doc to Outlook Express or Mail. The ability to open files in either platform was good.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Randy R. on February 3, 2009
I recently upgraded from a workhorse Win98 PC home system that I've had for nearly a decade to a new iMac. (I've used Macs at my place of business for years, so was familiar with them and shared files between systems fairly seamlessly.)

Since I had some legacy software and hardware that I didn't want to re-purchase and upgrade (or were simply not available for Mac), I had Windows XP pre-installed with Parallels Desktop at the time I purchased my iMac. (I also upgraded the RAM memory to 4 Gigs.)

I am experienced enough to be skeptical about the claims of software out of the box. But because of Parallels, my migration from my Win98 system to my new iMac has been amazingly painless, straightforward and seamless. (Obviously, whoever installed the system set it up exactly as I needed it to be configured).

In addition to getting my old Quickbooks 2001 and Quicken 2003 software to run perfectly fine within Windows XP on the system, I even got an 11x17 scanner that was only compatible with Windows to work perfectly on the first try in the new system, and an old Epson printer that had no Mac drivers can print from both the Mac and Windows sides!! (I did track down some Mac drivers thanks to a community of software people who are committed to creating drivers for all printers for all operating systems.)

It runs seamlessly in the background, and I am able to share folders and files back and forth with no problem. I have a lot of memory, but I only open Parallels and Windows when I need it, I don't open it automatically at startup.

I'm so happy that the advent of Intel chip Macs and great software like Parallels has made the Mac/PC divide virtually non-existent!
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