Parallels: Vista Ultimate

Installation of Vista Ultimate on my MacBook went very well. After the install I noticed a couple of things I would’ve liked to see. I did lose some functionality, but that’s expected when you’re in a virtualized environment. Or is it? I would think that by now Microsoft and Parallels would have driver issues ironed out. Installing Parallels Tools was simple and it provides the feel that I’m going for. I like how you don’t have to press CTRL + ALT to release the mouse from the virtual machine. I also like the auto display setting when I resize the Parallels window. Other than that I didn’t notice much else that Parallels Tools helped me with, but there may be some under the hood changes. So, let’s begin discussing the bugs.

The first bug I noticed (and it’s small) was that the Windows Experience Index calculator wouldn’t work. This is not really a functionality, nor does it hinder my ability to process, but it’s still something I’d like to know.

The second bug is a little more severe. Somehow, I can only use the Shared Networking option in order to connect to my network in Vista. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve tried several settings. My MacBook is connected to a wireless router using DHCP. One would think that connecting Parallels to the Airport would allow Vista to pick up an IP, but no dice. It may be that I have to play around with it more.

The third bug is the sound. Windows sounds are good, but when I try to play any of my mp3s or movies, it gets choppy. This is upsetting especially when I’m trying to really test out Media Center and Media Player.

I know that if I wanted everything to work fine I would have to install Vista Ultimate on its own machine. I’m torn here and have yet to find the heart to put a lot of money into a Vista workstation yet. I know that eventually I’ll have to, but until then I’ll probably just deal with these flaws in a virtualized environment. Anyways, it’s a good OS so far and i think it does have some real potential. I mean, what else is there for businesses, really? Don’t say the *nix word because I’m not quite sure that businesses are really ready to adopt Linux for their workstations just yet. That’s another topic I’ll touch on at a later date. For now, let’s end with Windows Vista is notĀ allĀ that bad on a virtualized environment and has great potential as the next generation business workstation.