Review of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac by Robert Axelrod, 12/1/11.
If you want to run Microsoft Windows applications and have an Intel Mac running Mac OSX 10.7 Lion, Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is a great bargain since buying a separate Windows machine isn’t necessary.
Parallel Desktop 7 for the Mac is software that installs on your Mac and allows you to run operating systems such as MS Windows, Linux, Google Chrome, MacOS X Server, etc. After Parallels 7 is installed, you install the operating system that you own; I installed XP. A path is provided for buying Windows during or after installing the Parallels Desktop if you don’t own a copy. Finally, you install your Windows applications. Since I can’t run my PowerPC version of MS Office for Mac after upgrading to Lion, Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac came in very handy to access my Word and Excel files. Parallels also provides a way to migrate your PC files into you new Windows running on your Mac.
Once you’re up and running, you can run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side, cut and paste or drag and drop between them, share resources like printers, play Windows games, etc.
Requirements for running Parallels 7 and Windows applications are common on typical recent Intel Macs. These include Intel Core 2 Duo process or better, at least 2GB of RAM (4GB for Windows 7 is recommended), a minimum of 700MB of free HD space for installing Parallels, 15GB for installing Windows and running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or Lion 10.7 or later.
I have no special computer skills as a Mac hobbyist, so I think most anyone can do the installation. It took me thirty minutes to install Parallels 7 and about two hours to install Windows XP since I downloaded all the Windows upgrades/security patches that accumulated since using my older Parallels 5. I didn’t experience any glitches during the whole process and I had no need to contact Parallels support since the booklet provided and on screen instructions were clear and accurate.
I’d rate Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac five MacBUS pretzels!