Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:44 AM
thanks Fryed Bacon,
Yea, I know about office for mac. The latest version I know about  doesn't support VB and I use a lot of macros w/ Word. Supposedly the next version is going to support VB and maybe I can switch then.
I've just found out about virtualbox and haven't read much about it yet. The few reviews about virtualbox were positive. I intend to try it before purchasing VM or PD.
The thing I'm wondering is if one of the VM's would be better to run Word and Paperport or if all three VM's would run those apps ok and the real performance difference is in games. In the reviews I read about VMFusion or PD there were strong likes/dislikes of one over the other. I'm wondering if that was because of the type of apps being run or maybe older machines or older versions of the VM being used than currently available.
I'm also wondering if one or all of the VMs [latest versions] are written to better use whatever new performance thingies are in the new processors and if it matters if I get an i7 vs an i5.
VMs to run Winxp on a mac just seems too good to be true to this windows user. I'm used to struggling just to get winxp to run on a pc and winxp apps to run on a winxp machine. Never tried to use winxp's VM to run a win98 app on winxp, but I get how winxp could fake a win98 environment. I know nothing yet about mac architecture, so I can't imagine how you install winxp into a VM and then install your apps.
mac 10.6 on macbook pro
WinXP sp2 on Dell 380 w/ 512 MB RAM- currently dead in the water
WinXP tab ed sp 3 on Thinkpad X41 w/ 1.5 GB RAM - lemony flavored
Win2K Sp4 on Sony VAIO GXR600 w/ 512 MB RAM - currently blue screening