Re: Fw: Windows VM on Mac ?

Subject: Re: Fw: Windows VM on Mac ?
From: grant -at- hedgewizard -dot- net
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:01:51 -0600 (MDT)

Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

GRant

On April 17, 2017 at 9:45 AM Monique Semp
<monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net> wrote:

Finally, success. I should've just bought Parallels to begin with.

After wasting hours and hours fighting with VirtualBox -- and never
getting
the Mac keyboard's numeric keypad to work, having constant window
resizing
issues, having lousy looking fonts in browser displays, and finding
that
installing the VirtualBox Guest Extensions, which are required to
enable
clipboard sharing and drag-n-drop between host and guest, destroys
Windows
(that is, it seems to install ok, but then the next time you go to
boot,
Windows must restore/repair itself) -- I installed Parallels, and
everything
just works. It even detected my wireless printer.

And I've been amazed to receive quick (less than 2 minutes)
callbacks from
Microsoft the two times that I've had to call to get my Windows to
(re)activate on the 2nd and 3rd tries I tried to create a new VM.
(After the
first VirtualBox fiasco, I figured I'd caused the issues by changing
a lot
of the Windows 10 defaults. So I junked that VM and started over.
But of
course the Windows server rightly said that I'd already activated my
Windows
10 Pro license. The call center immediately fixed things for me.
Then when I
decided to try Parallels, of course I needed another reactivation.

Moral of the story: don't ever try to save $80 at the expense of
hours and
hours of frustration. And although people are complaining about the
yearly
fee for Parallels, I have no issue with it. They have to constantly
deal
with changing conditions -- both Mac OS and Windows updates -- and
how can
they have a paid engineering team if customers don't pay!

Fyi,
And my advice is to not bother with VirtualBox!
-Monique

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