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I'd Rather Switch Than Fight

I'd Rather Switch Than Fight
by Gary Woods

The last time I bought a computer I took a look at Microsoft's new offering and decided not to take a trip down the Vista road. I bought an Intel MacBook which meant that I could put a Windows XP partition on the hard drive and I could have the best of both worlds. There are essentially 2 ways you can use Windows on a Mac. The first is Apple's Boot Camp which allows you to boot into either Mac OS or Windows and the second is Parallels Desktop software which allows you to use Windows right inside the Mac OS.

At the time I went down the Boot Camp path because I wanted all the resources from the computer to be focused on whichever Operating System I was using at the time. I loaded Windows XP and spent the next couple of weeks configuring and re-configuring Windows.

But next time out I may go with Parallels because recently Parallels released a new version of their software that comes with a USB transfer cable and in-depth interactive tutorials to help you through moving Windows to the Mac. This version allows the user to transfer the entire contents of their PC (including the operating system) into a virtual machine running on a Mac using Parallels Desktop 4.0. The installation disc in the box includes a full $80 version of Parallels Desktop as well as a Windows-based transfer application to help copy the entire user's files over to the Mac. The box also includes video training materials so that you can be learning about your new environment even while the system is transferring all your data.

So if you're thinking about a new computer, you really can have it all.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc