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6. Mac OS 9 Programs—and Windows Programs > Parallels: Windows in a Window

Parallels: Windows in a Window

The problem with Boot Camp is that every time you switch to or from Windows, you have to close down everything you were working on and restart the computer—and reversing the process when you’re done. You lose two or three minutes each way. And you can’t copy and paste between Mac and Windows programs.

There is another way: a $50 utility called Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X (www.parallels.com). It lets you run Windows and Mac OS X simultaneously; Windows hangs out in a window of its own, while the Mac is running Mac OS X (Figure 6-9). It’s something like the old, dog-slow emulation software known as Microsoft VirtualPC, with one key difference: speed. Parallels is about 90 percent as fast as Boot Camp—not fast enough for 3-D games, but plenty fast for just about everything else.


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