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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Solution for this First-Time User, September 11, 2012
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This review is from: Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac (CD-ROM)
Pretty happy with the software so far! i just installed it and was able to play a couple PC games in a virtual window.
Installation was smooth - Follow the on-screen prompts and be sure to verify your e-mail address.

My happiness stems from having the right expectation I think. I understand I am running a virtual machine and not going to get the same performance I would get running a Windows application in Boot Camp. (e.g. games)

I'm using a late 2011 iMac 27"
16 GB RAM
i7 Processor
Using a Turtle Beach USB Sound Device as well.
Running Windows 7 64 Bit from a Boot Camp Partition

Here was the sweet spot for me:

Set up parallels to use 512 Video Ram (Note, this really has little to do with your card) - More than this caused games to hang...768, 1024...
Allocated 4096 RAM for use in the virtual space. (I may experiment using more)

I was able to run Guild Wars 2 and the Secret World without issues...
Quicken 2010 ran fine as well (Although it takes a long time to load...Does in Windows too for that matter)

I played around with opening Windows documents within the MAc space.. It worked seamlessly.

All in All pretty happy.. I've been a "Mac Guy" for about 18 months after being a lifelong PC Geek
Will I never boot into Boot Camp again? Nope.. I see myself doing that for a dedicated gaming session but Parallels has more than met my expectation.
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Initial post: Sep 29, 2012 5:17:39 PM PDT
80sGuy says:
Forgive my idiot question; I'm totally a new Mac user, my Macbook Air 128GB SSD will be arriving this week with a free copy of P8 from B&H Photo. Does one need to install a copy of Windows to the Mac in order to use this program???

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2012 9:22:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2012 9:25:05 PM PDT
Renchan Li says:
To run Windows OS on a Mac, you will install your Parallels 8 on the Mac, then use Parallels 8's function to install Windows OS you obtain in DVD, ISO or USB medium.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2012 2:08:19 AM PDT
80sGuy says:
In other words I DO need to buy a copy of Windows OS and install it in to the Mac, then use Parallel 8 to run it?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 6:55:07 PM PDT
Kevin C says:
Yes, you need to have a copy of Windows to use Parallels

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2013 2:18:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 17, 2013 2:19:15 PM PST
J. Plummer says:
and note you will need a retail version not an OEM version of Windows. (Microsoft changed their policies on OEM use)

It should also be noted Parallels works great with an existing Bootcamp install of Windows.
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