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Parallels desktop enables you to run Windows (any version) or linux on a Intel based Apple Mac computer.

Superior to Boot camp as you can have windows and or linux running as the same time as mac software.

Was £60 now half price.

Apple have the standard version for £49.99 - without the extra software .

Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac Premium Edition contains over £125 worth of bonus PC software

Kaspersky Internet Security 6 - Award-winning protection from viruses, spyware, spam and hackers one year subscription
Acronis True Image Home 11 - Back up your applications, data and settings in case of data loss
Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 - Increase your Windows virtual drive resize, move, copy, split and merge partitions)

QUIDCO OFFER A MASSIVE 30% CASHBACK TOO!!! Meaning around £9 cashback!!!
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#1
cool thanks. we dont have a need for this (the web programmers maybe) but it is a hot deal!
#2
but you still need an copy of windoze right?
#3
but you still need an copy of windoze right?

Yes you do.

Quite cheap. I recently went for VMware instead which has proved to be fantastic. Got the academic version for about this price. Works out at £30 in cart though. 1p from somewhere!
#4
just noticed, GO THROUGH QUIDCO FOR A MASSIVE 30% CASHBACK!! WOW. Makes this more near to £20 if it works out
#5
Just received my Macbook Pro and VMWare 2 yesterday otherwise I'd have been tempted by this deal. Good find,
#6
BOOTCAMP does this for free i thought ?
#7
Great offer. Not a very convincing article on Wikipedia about Avanquest though. See the history for 2008.

So where is the cheapest place to get a copy of Windows XP to complement this offer?
#8
Bootcamp is different. Parallels allows you to run Windows at the same time as Mac OS X. Bootcamp is a dual-boot solution. You can actually get Parallels to use your Bootcamp install, so that you only need to have one copy of windows installed.

Just to point out though, that the Avanquest version can only be updated by updates provided by Avanquest, not updates provided directly by Parallels. This caused huge problems at the place I work, as we could not provide users with the latest updates to Parallels as Avanquest had not released them yet. My own personal copy was many software versions ahead though, as I had bought directly from Parallels.
#10
I have this version of parallels and it is excellent, the cohesion mode where the windows in Windows show like windows in the Mac OS is fantastic particularly.
#11
Virtual Box is similar but more importantly free. :whistling: VirtualBox Website
#12


I think its hot deals profit.
#13

Yeah... hotukdeals, thats how this site survives.
#14
Why are people paying for VMWare?

http://vmware.com/products/server/

You can also use VirtualBox, again available for free:

http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

And yes, you can configure these to run in "seamless" mode.

http://www.virtualbox.org/attachment/wiki/Screenshots/VirtualBox_OSX_beta_3.png
#15
I'd rate VMWare above parallels. I've tried running both of them and VMWare seems more stable + with version 2 the extras seem better than Parallels.

It's really good to have lots of options though as the competition helps them all to improve. (Unlike Microsoft office for example.)
#16
hot but I prefer vmfusion.

Great price with the quidco too
#17
Use Sun's VirtualBox software its FREE...

http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
#18
functionality which should be free...

and same result can be obtained for free if you know how through alternative methods and software.

Not really superior to Boot camp as running windows or linux at the same time as mac os uses more resources, also I'm guessing this is no good for decent performance in gaming which is quite a sizeable reason to want run Windows or Linux alongside mac os.
#19
JustExtreme
functionality which should be free...

and same result can be obtained for free if you know how through alternative methods and software.

Not really superior to Boot camp as running windows or linux at the same time as mac os uses more resources, also I'm guessing this is no good for decent performance in gaming which is quite a sizeable reason to want run Windows or Linux alongside mac os.


Virtualisation is a far superior solution to dual-booting. Being able to use both Windows and Mac software at the same time on a single system is extremely useful - from being able to use PC and Mac specific software simultaneously, to checking out how your website looks in both IE, Firefox and Safari whilst creating it on the Mac side.

You can achieve the same result for free, but it depends on how much your time is worth to you, especially if you have problems. That bit of money does get you some support as well as being more polished and well tested.

As for using resources, that is hardly a problem these days.
#20
Yeah, I've never really understood the appeal of software like this, unless you're the sort of user that needs a system which uses seperate mac and windows software very frequently.

As others have said, bootcamp is free & comes with the operating system. It's not very time consuming to shut the system down and reboot into your other operating system.

Personally, I feel that having Windows installed on a seperate partition is safer and more stable than running it on the same partition and at the same time as OS X anyway.
#21
It depends what you are doing. If it is for playing a game then yeh bootcamp is going to give you better FPS because you will benefit from the graphics hardware acceleration and CPU doing less other things. However for anything else, like using Visual Studio to do some windows programming Fusion or Parallels is a far better solution because you can still use the web and email and everything else you normally do in OS X at the same time.

I'd be interested to know what apps you are using Windows for, personally I haven't had the need to use Fusion for a long time and just hate loading it up anyway.
#22
Caveat emptor. It's half price because Parallels were running a closed beta of Parallels 4.0 in September. It probably won't be long before it's released.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=559091

The price of Parallels 2.x dropped just before 3.0 was launched.

I wouldn't say the extras were worth anything like £125, either. I got Kaspersky Security 3-licence pack for £15 and the Acronis for $10/£6. offers which were posted on this site.
#23
and last week there were FREE licenses of CrossOver being given out!!

Also if you want to run IE6, IE7 etc on the Mac without installing Windows, I find this helpful as as a web developer, goto the following url: http://www.kronenberg.org/ies4osx/
#24
Salkeld
Use Sun's VirtualBox software its FREE...

http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

You can't use the boot camp partition with VirtualBox. Until it does, I will continue to use VMware.
#25
zebrum
It depends what you are doing. If it is for playing a game then yeh bootcamp is going to give you better FPS because you will benefit from the graphics hardware acceleration and CPU doing less other things. However for anything else, like using Visual Studio to do some windows programming Fusion or Parallels is a far better solution because you can still use the web and email and everything else you normally do in OS X at the same time.

I'd be interested to know what apps you are using Windows for, personally I haven't had the need to use Fusion for a long time and just hate loading it up anyway.


I agree with you. I recently got a new macbook and have been deciding whether it would be worth installing windows again.

You occassionally find the odd website that doesn't function correctly using Safari or Firefox, and the office stuff does function better on windows. Most software does have a mac equivalent though.
#26
i started on a pc ... been using the mac forever, havent looked back into pc for probably 20 years now! have no reason to switch back.
#27
Sorry but i prefer the free option - Boot Camp.
#28
£60 rrp is a bit rip off when you can get similar products like vmware for free! To me, even £30 is too much. I use bootcamp and fusion which solves the problems to everthing.

If i want to play games, i boot to my windows partiton, and if i just want to use small softwares like let say IE7, than i use fusion using bootcamp as the source... Problem solved... FOR FREE....
#29
Coolfind , Use Code Aflaunch To Get 20% Off Too !!! £24 !!! Well Ordered Lol
#30
Pretty sure version 4 is due for release soon...
#31
RageRacer
Coolfind , Use Code Aflaunch To Get 20% Off Too !!! £24 !!! Well Ordered Lol


Amazing. Then 30% Quidco on top of that! :thumbsup:
#32
version 4 out NOW!!!
http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/
free upgrade if bought after 1/9/08

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