If i buy the parallel desktop 8 will i have to buy windows software? and will i also be allowed to play windows games on it?
- Asked by Kim R
- Sep 20, 2012
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
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2 Answers from the Community
You will have to buy the operating system of your choice, e.g. Windows XP, Vista, 7 (or 8 when it's released). Once you've installed this — a process largely managed by the software — you can then buy and install other software.
Parallels is virtualisation software: it essentially creates a virtual computer onto which you can install various operation systems, and then install applications onto that.
Games can be played as normal on Widows: by installing and running them. Because this runs on top of the OS X operating system, the games will not run as fast as if using Windows natively. If this is a significant problem, consider using BootCamp.
- Answered by Benjamin M
- Oct 1, 2012
You can also install other operating systems, such as Linux. In fact, you can create multiple virtual machines, each with a different OS. For example, you could have one that uses Windows 7, another that uses Windows XP, and a third that uses Linux. All three appear in a list format and you can easily switch from one to another. Of course, you must own any of the OS's that you install.
- Answered by Raymond R from Davis
- Dec 7, 2012