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VMWare Fusion 3.1 only £20.99 at Amazon and Play - Run Windows on your Mac
VMWare Fusion 3.1 only £20.99 at Amazon and Play - Run Windows on your Mac

VMWare Fusion 3.1 only £20.99 at Amazon and Play - Run Windows on your Mac

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Amazon and Play both have VMWare Fusion 3.1 for this price, when I checked Amazon last month it was ~£60. Basically enables you to install Windows (or pretty much any other OS) on a Mac as an alternate, and switchable, OS. Note that Windows isn't included, so may be more use to anyone with a spare license kicking around.

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EDIT: Also contains a year's subscription to McAfee for your Windows partition!

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Good price, but never been impressed with VMWare fusion for the Mac. Windows based VMWare is fantastic.

Free Alternative is Virtual Box by Oracle
Paid Alternative is Parallels which is very nice as latest version merges Windows Apps almost as if they are MacOSX apps.

Hot price though.

Sin


Edited by: "Sin_of_nature" 1st Oct 2010

Good product at a great price! I use it almost daily.

Thinking of getting a mac so maybe you guys can help me out. Whats the difference between this and using bootcamp?

defard

Thinking of getting a mac so maybe you guys can help me out. Whats the … Thinking of getting a mac so maybe you guys can help me out. Whats the difference between this and using bootcamp?



Boot camp partitions your hard drive so you have OSX on one partition and Windows on the other. Fusion runs Windows or other OS's inside of OSX on a virtualised hard drive.

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SlyPie

Boot camp partitions your hard drive so you have OSX on one partition and … Boot camp partitions your hard drive so you have OSX on one partition and Windows on the other. Fusion runs Windows or other OS's inside of OSX on a virtualised hard drive.

...which means you can have both OS's running at the same time and drag and drop files between them

Sin_of_nature

Good price, but never been impressed with VMWare fusion for the Mac. … Good price, but never been impressed with VMWare fusion for the Mac. Windows based VMWare is fantastic.Free Alternative is Virtual Box by Oracle Paid Alternative is Parallels which is very nice as latest version merges Windows Apps almost as if they are MacOSX apps.Hot price though.Sin



Err Vmware supports apps in dock as well. I've used both. IMO Fusion is superior to parallels.

blogs.vmware.com/tea…tml?ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a

Comparison

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IndianaBlues

...which means you can have both OS's running at the same time and drag … ...which means you can have both OS's running at the same time and drag and drop files between them



which also means if you are running intensive stuff in Windows you will probably want to run it in Bootcamp, as running one (virtual) operating system inside another uses up a fair amount of resources.

you can of course use both kinds of solutions on the same computer.

virtualbox (which is free) works very well on my windows laptop

Thanks for the heads-up. Im buying an i3 3ghz Imac, would the spec realistically be decent enough to support this?

Yes. By a long shot.

any of the new imacs will be more than capable of running a virtual machine.

but if you plan to do anything intensive in Windows you'll be better doing it in bootcamp

depends why you want to run Windows on a Mac

Was gonna use bootcamp for things like games and processor intensive apps, and this for MS office and logging onto the company webportal (Citrix so I dont know if theres issues running over a different OS etc)

So, for only £20, you can go and spend another £100-200 on a windows OS, so you can use your £1500-2000 mac as a £300 PC?

PR1

So, for only £20, you can go and spend another £100-200 on a windows OS, s … So, for only £20, you can go and spend another £100-200 on a windows OS, so you can use your £1500-2000 mac as a £300 PC?



i think you are exaggerating a little

windows 7 costs around £30 for students (and others), or cheaper methods are available.

using virtualbox would save the £20 here

the cheapest imac is £999, tho maybe cheaper with student discount

not sure you could find an equivalent all-in-one PC for £300, a quick search suggest you would pay almost the same as for the imac: comet has a lenovo with 21.5 inch screen and i3 processor for £849.99:
comet.co.uk/sho…-I3
but this only has 3GB RAM

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Just a quick heads up, installed this fine on the base-spec MacBook Pro last night. The VMWare tools that are installed alongside the Windows installation process include a free year's subscription to McAfee Virusscan Plus.

hamkam

i think you are exaggerating a littlewindows 7 costs around £30 for … i think you are exaggerating a littlewindows 7 costs around £30 for students (and others), or cheaper methods are available.using virtualbox would save the £20 herethe cheapest imac is £999, tho maybe cheaper with student discountnot sure you could find an equivalent all-in-one PC for £300, a quick search suggest you would pay almost the same as for the imac: comet has a lenovo with 21.5 inch screen and i3 processor for £849.99:http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/676675/LENOVO-A310-I3but this only has 3GB RAM



well, my quad core phenom II with 8GB of RAM only cost me about 400 or so to build, so I'd question the price argument. most people wouldn't qualify for student/academic licencing. But the biggest point is really, why would you WANT to run windows on a mac? it sounds fairly ridiculous to me outside of real niche issues (e.g. need to connect to proprietary VPN for work or something)

If you really need this, you probably bought the wrong device for your use case
Edited by: "PR1" 3rd Oct 2010

i would agree that all-in-one computers (whether mac or pc) are not particularly good value in terms of the computing power but i guess people buy them for other reasons. like they look nice, dont take up much space etc.

i'm not a big mac fan, but i do like the screens you get with them, and the design. i would say if the extra money isnt that big an issue and you spend a lot of time in front of the computer then it is money well-spent, if it is going to make you happy every time you switch the thing on, instead of making you unhappy to have to look at a thing you find ugly.

i mean i think people who spend 10s of thousands of extra money buying and running a Porsche say instead of an Aygo are idiots. so a couple of hundred wasted on a computer that you like doesnt seem "wrong" in comparison to that.

i know a few people who like to use windows on a mac for various reasons. usually because a particular piece of software they sometimes use is windows-only

Maybe they've improved it, but the VMWare Fusion we have here is seriously lacking in features compared with its Windows equivelant. Like I said, maybe its moved forward since our version.



Jellybeans

Err Vmware supports apps in dock as well. I've used both. IMO Fusion is … Err Vmware supports apps in dock as well. I've used both. IMO Fusion is superior to parallels.http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2010/05/vmware-fusion-31-better-stronger-faster-than-ever.html?ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-aComparisonhttp://lowendmac.com/mac2win/10m2w/vmware-vs-parallels-2010.html

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