As luck would have it I just upgraded parallels desktop from 3-4 on one
of my client's machines about 2 weeks ago. Went very smoothly in fact,
I just let it chug for a while.
One of my others had done the SP3 upgrade in parallels about a month or
two back, similarly without problems. And a clean install of XP with
sp3 was also done recently. (but that was done as part of the setup and
not patched later)
But these are both single instances so I can't speak to how a many
system change with various user added programs/settings would go, could
be a complete disaster. Or it could be the usual 1-2% of problems that
one remembers as being 80% because they consumed 90% of your time for a
All in all I am very pleased with Parallels for my client's needs. Not
that it wouldn't be at times easier if they simply had a PC on their
desktop but if they love macs or need them for other software it's an
The version 4 of parallels adds some nice functionality such as sharing
profiles between OSx & Windows. Although as I discovered it's important
for the client to know that they are sharing. If they 'cleanup' their
desktop in the lesser used windows they may find they don't have their
files anymore. (don't ask how I know this)
I also use VMware on my Vista machine to allow me to run XP to both
support some clients and run some software that refuses to be happy on
Vista. I haven't used VMware on the mac so I don't know how it compares
Andrew Hendrickson wrote:
> Okay, challenge match:
> Set up Windows XP SP2 under Parallels, then try to upgrade it to SP3.
> Or, try to upgrade Parallels Desktop 3 to version 4.
> You'll find out just how fragile the house of cards really is.
> On Mar 25, 2009, at 2:19 PM, David Houston wrote:
>> On Wed, 25 Mar 2009, Andrew Hendrickson intoned:
>> AH:I'd also add that I've used all three products and have found the
>> AH:implementation of virtual Windows under MacOS to be a very fragile
>> house of
>> AH:cards. One that I would really prefer not to have to support in any
>> AH:widespread manner and would thus discourage site licensing for.
>> I'll chime in on this as well. I have been running Win XP SP2 under
>> VMWare server under RHEL for maybe 2? years and honestly, it is very
>> I would say that if you have the option to do so, a dual boot system
>> the most sense. In my experience, WinXP (and I am just getting Vista
>> going) often seems to run better....
>> David Houston
>> University of Vermont
>> Phone: (802) 656 2013
>> "You are nestled in our hearts forever"
> Andrew Hendrickson
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