Best application for virtual Windows 7/10 desktop

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  1. cal0006

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    Just curious as to what people are finding the best option for running a virtual PC on their Mac are. I've got a 2013 MacBook Air, going to put anWindows 7 or 10 virtual machine on it.

    I'm tossing up whether I go with a bootcamp setup (this is dependant on whether the Mac can boot from an SD card?) or VMware or Virtual PC? Perhaps maybe parallels. Preferably a free option.

    What's everyones verdict?
     
  2. power

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    Yeah go free, VirtualBox is good too.

    shit sorry, just realised mac - um parallels is the best in mac land afaik.
     
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    I have used both and although Parallels isn't free I consider it well worth the investment if you intend to use multiple OS's.
     
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    Nobody else mentioned it but while the Mac hardware can boot from a SD card, the Windows software cannot be.

    Parallels is OK but is basically a yearly subscription.

    VMWare is good but is basically deprecated now. Too bad.
     
  7. zoki_007

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    Where did you see this?
     
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    I meant that they don't seem to be updating/improving their product any more.
    It's still for sale as far as I can see.
     
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    If you are cool with a less than awesome interface. Then virtual box works great. No problems.

    If you want totally hassle free and nice UI then parrallels is a quality product.
     
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    Virtual Box isn't on the same level as Parallels/Fusion when it comes to performance, but it is free.

    My preferred setup - Bootcamp partition that you can use natively, but also launch using Parallels/Fusion in OS X when required. It's the best of both worlds.
     
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