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Windows 7: How is Parallels virtualization different from normal virtualization?

24 Jul 2012   #1

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How is Parallels virtualization different from normal virtualization?

I started thinking about our computers.. why we cannot run two operating systems on the same computer at the same time - without virtualization. We have plenty of Ram these days and often 2 or 4 Central Processing Units. Surely someone could come up with a way to make this work.

So I started reading about something the Mac came out with in 2008, Parallel virtualization. It's not quite what I was looking for and i'm not sure I understand it but it claims you can have two OS's running side by side, not one inside of another like we do with VirtualBox. They say that this way of running the systems is much faster than the VirtualBox or VMware solutions.

Can anyone tell me more about this concept and does Windows have anything like it? The info I got was from here. What is Parallels virtualization? How does it compare to emulation? @ EveryMac.com

Edit:

Just found out the same company makes this software for Windows. http://www.parallels.com/products/workstation/ They also have an Extreme version that enables graphics support over all VM platforms. Anyone tried this software? How do you think it compares to VMware and VirtualBox.. is it faster?

These tools are not cheap, But they do have trial versions you can test. I think I'll try one.
http://www.parallels.com/download/

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25 Jul 2012   #2

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I tried it.. and WOW.

First off I was mistaken about the windows version working like the Mac version by setting up the VM's side by side. The windows version does run inside of windows with a Parallels VM just like VirtualBox and VMware does.

I installed a full standard version of Vector Linux in Parallels Workstation and to my surprise it was almost like having the OS natively installed. It smoked the heck out of Virtual Box where I have a Vector Lite install.. This time I only gave it 1.5 gigs of Ram where as my Lite version running in VBox has 2 gigs of ram. I was able to open multiple apps, watch flash video from Firefox and surf the web with about 20 tabs open. It ran so well and so fast, after 20 minutes I forgot I was in a VM. The illusion is really that good. I had none of the problems I have like mouse dragging or Flash freezing up like I do with VBox on my Lite Linux install. . I was amazed a VM could run so well - never thought I'd see that on my PC. I really did feel like I was not using a VM. I have not compared it to VMware yet because I'm having trouble installing Vector Linux in VMware.

I recommend you guys test it for yourself but after this, I could never go back to VirtualBox. It's like night and day and I have seen the light. My test machine is a Windows 64 bit Home Premium, 4 gigs of ddr2 Ram, single core AMD Sempron II processor running at 2.1 Ghz
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