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I have been running the "Parallels Desktop" software on my Mac for many years. The reason? Unfortunately, I still have an invoice program that only runs under Windows and recently a software from a drone manufacturer was added that I (have to) use to update the drone's firmware. In order to be able to do this on the Mac without an extra computer, I use Parallels Desktop with Windows 7. Since I am very enthusiastic about the simple and reliable operation, I would like to introduce the software to you here.
As you may know, Apple offers "Boot Camp"A free, in-house solution to install Windows on the Mac. With" Boot Camp "a separate partition is created on the hard drive, on which Windows (all versions such as Windows 7, 8 or 10 are possible) is installed. Booting If you have the Mac, you can decide whether it should boot from the Windows partition or from the Mac partition with OS X.
Parallels Desktop, on the other hand, is a Mac app that "emulates" a PC environment. Windows can then also be installed in this. However, you don't have an extra partition on the Mac; the PC's "hard drive" is a file that appears like any other file on the Mac - except that it is several gigabytes in size (depending on the amount of Windows programs and data installed).
In order to decide which solution is the better option for your own use, I have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages here. I hope these help you decide:
If you want to see the benefits of Parallels Desktop again in a video, you will find a product presentation from Parallels here:
Parallels offers its software in different "editions". For the average consumer, the standard edition is sufficient in any case. The Pro and Business Editions still have support for up to 64 GB of virtual RAM and 16 virtual processor cores and also offer a special plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio, but I think these things are more interesting for developers or very special users. I work with the standard edition and have everything I need.
Here are the links to the standard and the pro version on Amazon:
As mentioned above, you also have to buy a license for Windows with Parallels Desktop. I always got a cheap OEM version from Amazon. You get the license key for Windows without an installation CD / DVD - but at a good price. The installation files of the Windows operating systems can easily be downloaded from Microsoft. Here are the corresponding Amazon links to the individual Windows OEM versions:
When you install Windows, you should be aware that you urgently need an anti-virus program. Many Mac users are used to not having any anti-virus software installed, but under Windows it is practically a must buy if you don't want to have a Trojan horse or other unpleasant malware on your computer within a very short time.
If you have Windows running under Boot Camp, no virus can access the Mac area because it is stored on a partition that Windows cannot read. If you use Parallels Desktop, however, you can create shared folders that a virus can theoretically access from the PC and, if necessary, delete such data. However, the malware will not have access to the rest of your Mac. Like all other programs on the Mac, the Mac app Parallels Desktop is subject to the security restrictions (sandboxing, etc.) that Apple provides for it. This prevents a PC program from encroaching on the Mac content.
In spite of everything, you should install anti-virus software under Windows as soon as possible. A recommendation on my part would be the following four antivirus software packages, all of which did very well in tests and offer secure all-round protection. The prices for all packages are around EUR 20 for one year (+/- EUR 5). For Mac users, McAfee might be of interest, because with this license you also have an anti-virus program for the Mac.
I've been using the software for years and can only recommend it to anyone who on the PC and on the Mac has to work and switches back and forth between the operating systems more frequently. The seamless integration of Windows in OS X and the Finder is very successful and sometimes you hardly "notice" that you are working on the virtual PC. In the meantime, features such as Quicklook (briefly looking at documents with the space bar) have found their way into Parallels PC and so you can use more and more features under Windows that were actually reserved for the Mac. In my opinion, it is much more practical than a stand-alone PC with Windows.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.