Originally Posted by mstone
Horrible experience with this upgrade. Completely unusable.
Mac Book Pro 3,1
4 gigs Ram
Plenty of disk space
Previous installation of Parallels 3 (which was disabled by SL)
Vista Home Premium previously installed
Downloaded Version 5 ran install
Choose >use virtual machine >Activate key> ok > indicated I needed to upgrade VM > Ok > upgrading..... 1/2 hour later... You need to continue manually > ok > insert Vista install disk and run setup.exe > I go find disk....returned to find Vista is already running > recovered from serious error you must restart > Ok > Shutting down windows.... 10 minutes > Activate Parallels again > Upgrade VM again 2 of 4 > You must continue Manually > Ok > Vista starts anyway > need device drivers > ok > find on internet > Ok > failed finding ethernet driver > Ok later > Ok > Upgrade Parallels > ok > Activate VM again > upgrading 3 of 4.....30 minutes > You need to continue Again again again restart Windows... 30 minutes > Locked up > reboot Mac > start Parallels > Activate VM again > Parallels tools not installed > ok > upgrading 4 of 4... 30 minutes > lock up > reboot mac > start Parallels > activate again > HOORAY VISTA IS RUNNING only an hour an 45 minutes later. Try to run windows update crash. Try to run Norton, crash!
Try to run anything stalls for 1-2 minutes try again then waiting, waiting then error message Firefox unexpectedly quit but it is running anyway, SLOW SLOW SLOW .
Everything is like molasses. You can't tell if anything is launching running whatever. Painting the screen is pathetically slow.
BTW before SL and before Parallels 5 version 3 with Vista was running perfectly.
Just my experience your mileage may vary.
Hmmm. So I had Parallels 4 and it worked fine. It had replaced Fusion 1.0/2.x which was slow and buggy for me, high CPU here and there for no reason. Anyhow Parallels 4.0 still worked for what I did (many windows vm's for sysadmin testing) when I did a clean install of Snow Leopard. Parallels 4.0 still worked with SL.
However my main job at work is supporting a large ESX environment, so I wanted to go with Fusion being a VMware product. So I UN-INSTALLED Parallels 4.0 leaving my many Paralles 4.0 VM's on the drive.
I then installed Fusion 3.0. I then tried to convert my Parallels 4.0 VM's. All of them failed with the same error after some time, telling me the VM's were not shut down properly, which was false. I then created a Windows 7.0 VM in Fusion 3.0, new and it worked as advertised.
Fusion 3.0 is slower in Unity mode than Parallels 4.0, the windows glitch if drag them around. Parallels 4.0 did this as well, but way less. The Fusion Menu bar icon is nice, very similar to the dock icon in Parallels 4.0, however when I try to add icons to the list, many are NOT choosable, just not in the list. Things like Active Directory tools, which I use daily. I can drill down through that menu but I cant add them to the first level menu.
Fusion 3.0 still lacks some tools like Cloning, or Cloning to a Template. This I find odd because VMware workstation on the PC has this and so does Parallels 4.0. Useful tools are just missing for users of VM products.
Anyhow I bought the Paralles 5.0 upgrade yesterday. I UN-INSTALLED Fusion 3.0 and rebooted. People need to do these things. I installed Parallels 5.0. I opened several Parallels 4.0 VM's just fine and ......(Drum Roll).....I converted my Windows 7 Fusion 3.0 VM just fine. Parallels 5.0 is even smoother than 4.0 in Cohesion mode, which was already better that Fusion 3.0
Parallels on the Mac is ahead of Fusion no doubt about it.