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Seeing double with Vista - scary!

August 9, 2007 ·

Yes Virginia, you can run multiple copies of Vista on a Mac at the same time! I've been happily running VMware Fusion for the last few days with Vista up pretty much continuously (14 hours, 21 minutes uptime currently) and I'm pleasantly surprised to report that I'm not hating Vista (I'm not loving it either but I'm definitely not hating it - even with UAC enabled!). However, I still have Parallels installed (with my heavily tweaked install of Vista to try to eke some performance out of it) and that means that SmartSelect is active where you right-click on a Mac file and you can Open With... a Windows application fairly transparently. I just accidentally opened a PDF with Adobe Reader 8.1 - on Vista under Parallels! It took several minutes to stabilize but, sure enough, I now had two copies of Vista running side-by-side as well as all my Mac apps. Yikes! I must get around to switching SmartSelect off or I'm going to do that again by accident. I'll probably keep Parallels around to see if they improve enough that I'll want to switch back to it but, right now, VMware Fusion is definitely my first choice for running Vista. Now, if they can just implement support for DirectX 9...

Tags: microsoft · osx · personal

2 responses

  • 1 Raymond Camden // Aug 9, 2007 at 6:52 PM

    Dude - screen shot?
  • 2 Sean Corfield // Aug 9, 2007 at 7:33 PM

    @Ray, no way - I'm not doing that again! :)