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    PC to Mac Questions

    I have a new MacBook Pro and have Windows 7 installed via Boot Camp, if I want to run both OS's simultaneously will it use the copy of Windows I have installed currently? I wouldn't mind buying one of the applications (VMware Fusion 3 or Parallels) that can do this but I am hoping to not have to find a second copy of Windows.

    I also backed up my PC with Carbonite and plan on transferring the subscription over to my new computer, would bringing the files over this way be recommended or is there a faster/better way? I am sure there are better ways out there but I am looking for fast and easy (very simple) with edge going to easy. I have 80-90 gb of data to move over mostly music and videos.

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    Re: PC to Mac Questions

    If you want to run both simultaneously, you'll need to do it through the virtual machine, and you can't use the same installation as you have on Boot Camp.

    I don't know anything about Carbonite, so I can't help you there.


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    Re: PC to Mac Questions

    However, if your goal is to run both simultaneously, you shouldn't need to run Boot Camp at all. You can just run everything through the virtual machine. Is there a particular software package you're using dual-boot for, or just because you aren't ready to go all-Mac, all the time?


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    Re: PC to Mac Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by sodakjoe View Post
    However, if your goal is to run both simultaneously, you shouldn't need to run Boot Camp at all. You can just run everything through the virtual machine. Is there a particular software package you're using dual-boot for, or just because you aren't ready to go all-Mac, all the time?
    I work from home once or twice a week and we use Citrix for the remote connection. Everything in the military is Windows based so I figured it would be nice to be able to run both OS's simultaneously during the work day so my work email is up at all times. If I took my current copy of Windows off of Boot Camp would I be able to use that code for the VM?


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    Re: PC to Mac Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by JHudd View Post
    I work from home once or twice a week and we use Citrix for the remote connection. Everything in the military is Windows based so I figured it would be nice to be able to run both OS's simultaneously during the work day so my work email is up at all times. If I took my current copy of Windows off of Boot Camp would I be able to use that code for the VM?
    If you uninstall it, you should be okay to use the code again. If not, MS phone support is often surprisingly forgiving in giving new codes/resetting your old one if you explain the situation.

    To decide between Parallels or Fusion, I'd refer you this wikipedia entry:
    Comparison of VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Parallels has a bit more functionality, but Fusion often comes with a cheaper price tag.

    Looking around on Citrix's website, it looks like they have a plugin for Safari that would let you run it on a Mac, but their website isn't great about getting you to that info very easily.


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    Re: PC to Mac Questions

    Is there anyone else that you work with that has done this with your software? Some applications, when run through Fusion or Parallels, become HUGE memory hogs as well. If this is one of those programs, it may be easier to use the dual-boot instead of running them simultaneously.


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    Re: PC to Mac Questions

    I have asked around a bit and I haven't found anyone yet that does this, the dual-boot does seem like the easiest option. I know there are ways to run Citrix on the Mac but we also have to deal with a common access card and other software (PureEdge) that is Windows only so I figure for ease of use the copy of Windows was the way to go.

    Is setting up an Ethernet connect very difficult? I think that may be the fastest way to get my data off my old HD and on my new computer. I am hoping someone on the site has had experience moving a good amount of data from one to another.


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    Re: PC to Mac Questions

    I had found that but by the time I got to this
    Type your PC's network address in the Server Address text box using one of these formats:
    • smb://DNSname/ShareName
    • smb://IPaddress/ShareName
    I decided that I was lost, like I said, I am looking for the easy side. I am sure I could find the address easy enough but it is things like this that make me feel like a computer dolt.


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