"A Software Hell!"on by GoldenHu
Pros None. Well, maybe not: It's a nice way to lose money if you have some extra laying around and don't know what to do with it. Your time too for that matter.
Cons Doesn't work (at least for me). Messes with your OS. High risk to use. Customer service's solution could take hours and cost more from the phone call itself than the defective product.
Summary Version 7, no problem, Version 8, a total mess. It wouldn't connect to my Windows 8 Pro and made it so that when I later tried to Bootcamp into Windows 8 it caused some big issues there too. Customer service was kind but wanted to take control of my computer as well as delete and reinstall Windows 8! Since the 8 was an upgrade from 7 he told me that there was the possibility of having to reinstall that too. Of course all of this could take hours and with no guarantee that it would work. I was pretty irritated at his illogical responses to my direct questions although he tried to be really polite but seemed stuck in a situation where he couldn't win due to the defective product and Parallels hard-assed keeping your money back policy. I felt bad for him while at the same time I was angry at the company, but I hope he can another find a job which would support his ethics.
My recommendation: Research before you buy!
Pros Fast OS switching without rebooting
Cons Memory usage can add up when running multiple OS simultaneuosly
Summary Switching between OS is a breeze. I run Mountain Lion, Win7, Win8 and Ubuntu regularly without problem. Sometimes I don't even know what OS I am running, Parallels knows what to use for each app or file.
Pros ease of switching OS
Cons - terrible customer service - unhelpful, unfriendly, unknowledgeable
- cumbersome OS - slow and unwieldy
- poor key functionality - the windows keyboard is half functional which makes the switching more inconvenient than just rebooting in windows
Summary I was excited to get parallels to have my windows OS (for excel and ppt) on my mac, but the process has been far more trouble than it's worth.
Pros None, none whatsoever
Not compatible with Mac
Worthless customer support
Summary I purchased this 10 months ago and it has never worked properly. I doubled my RAM from 4 Gb to 8 Gb and I still can't reliably run a single application with it. I was unable to get any help whatsoever from customer support in optimizing the settings and it seems I have tried everything.
Now that I've upgraded to Mavericks, there's an additional problem: I can't bring a subwindow to the forefront by clicking on it. I have to drag all the other windows out of the way.
There is an automated support system that requests a lot of information, twice, and then hangs on the last screen.
I would recommend trying Bootcamp prior to purchasing this software. Bootcamp is free. If that works, you could save yourself a lot of trouble.
Pros Easy to intall and use.
Cons There is a error with the excel 2003 when a Mac mouse is use running Windows XP. But I think this issue
Summary My work demands to share outlook file (pst) with other PC's. Outlook for MAC does not work with pst. For that reason, I have to have a Windows system in my MAC. I decided to install Win XP Pro becuase is lighter than Win 7. So Parallels 8 can run XP very faster and my work becomes also faster. Win XP also starts up and shuts down faster. If you have to use Win inside a MAC for any reason, I recommend using Parallels with not heavy Windows systems to get results which exceed your expectations.