- Slower than Parallels Desktop
- No support yet for ARM-based guests or hosts (including Apple Silicon Macs)
- Lacks Parallel Desktop’s kiosk-style rollback feature
What Platforms Does VMware Support?
Most Mac users will probably use VMware Workstation Tech Preview 20H2 Pro v220.127.116.11684 Crack to run Windows—anything from Windows 95 to Windows 10—but you can also run macOS and older Intel-based OS X versions; almost any Linux distro; and Solaris, FreeBSD, or NetWare. Advanced users can run dozens of others systems that aren’t officially supported, such as IBM’s OS/2 or even Steve Jobs’ ancient NeXTSTEP and Openstep systems. Some of these unsupported systems rely on driver software created by individual programmers, but setup guides are easy to find online. If you are curious about ancient computer history, try out this complete Openstep system I put together.
If you have a Mac running Apple Silicon, the current version of VMware Fusion won’t work on your machine. That said, VMware recently announced a private tech preview of an M1-compatible version and an upcoming public preview.
In the meantime, Parallels Desktop is currently the only practical virtualization choice for devices running the M1 or future Apple Silicon chips. However, even this option isn’t seamless because Parallels can only run ARM-based operating systems; you are thus limited to the ARM-based version of Windows (which is also available only as a developer preview).
If you know that you need to run an Intel-based version of Windows or another OS on your Mac, just hold on to your Intel-based Mac; VMware Fusion and Parallels simply work better on those machines.
For most versions of Windows and Linux, VMware offers a VMware Workstation Player app that’s free for personal use. You can’t create VMs with this app but you can run existing ones. You simply copy a VM from another machine or download one from any of the sites that provide VMware appliances (prebuilt special-purpose guest systems).
Any VM you open gets listed in your VM Machine Library. Any operating system that runs in VMware Fusion on a Mac can also run on VMware Workstation for Windows or Linux. macOS is the obvious exception since it is licensed for running only on Apple hardware.
VirtualBox, which is available for Intel-based Windows, macOS, and Linux machines, lets you create VMs that run Windows and Linux distros. Parallels, unlike VMware Workstation Tech Preview 20H2 Pro v18.104.22.168684 Crack, offers a Chrome OS version that runs Intel-based Windows.
For gaming and graphics-intensive apps, both VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop support DirectX 11 graphics, but not DirectX 12. VirtualBox works with up to DirectX 9. The only way to get DirectX 12 graphics on a Mac is to install Windows on a Boot Camp partition on an Intel-based Mac.
Getting Started with VMware
You can install a Windows, Linux, or macOS VM via VMware Fusion in several ways. The simplest method is to use a disk image file or USB drive loaded with the OS you want to install. Or you can use one of Fusion’s advanced installation options; you can, for example, install an emulated Mac system from your Mac’s recovery partition.
I tested VMware Workstation Tech Preview 20H2 Pro v22.214.171.124684 Crack Fusion on my triple-boot Mac running Mojave, Catalina, and Big Sur. In testing, I created virtual machines that emulated all three of those macOS versions without issue. Fusion can also build an emulated Windows system by migrating an existing Windows machine across a network or by importing a Boot Camp-based system (if you still have one) from your Mac. Unlike Parallels, VMware doesn’t offer download links for Windows, Linux, or other systems, so if you’re going to install from scratch, you need to acquire installation disk images on your own.
As in Parallels, you can choose an automated Windows installation option that requires no intervention beyond providing your Windows activation code and user name. Fusion also installs VMware Tools during the automated install process, which enables you to share files, printers, and clipboard data between the VM and the host machine. For non-automated Windows setups or any installations of Linux or macOS, you can install VMware Tools from a top-line menu.
When you create a Windows VM, you get two options for integrating the guest Windows system and the host macOS system. With the first option, files on your Mac desktop and other standard folders appear in the same-named folders on your Windows guest system. If you choose the second option, your VM and macOS system won’t share desktop files and documents, but you can still drag files from one system to another.
I strongly recommend the second option unless you’re certain that you need to open files on your Mac with apps in your Windows system (or vice versa) because VMware’s desktop integration is buggy. For instance, folders from your Mac desktop appear as unknown and unopenable files on your Windows system. Besides, if you decide you do want this level of integration, you can enable it later.
Be prepared for VMware to pop up messages that may make your eyes cross as you struggle to understand them. One message, for example, notifies you that you’re running a guest system “with side channel mitigations enabled,” and that you can get better performance by disabling them in a Settings dialog. If you want to get the best possible performance out of Fusion, you’ll need to spend a lot of time in the Settings section.
Interface and Features
Like Parallels and VirtualBox, VMware Fusion lets you run a VM in a windowed or full-screen mode. For Windows VMs, you can also use VMware Workstation Tech Preview 20H2 Pro v126.96.36.199684 Crack Unity mode, which opens one or more Windows apps in their own windows on your Mac desktop; these appear like any other app running on your Mac. Unity mode isn’t available in macOS or Linux guest systems, however. Both Parallels’ and VirtualBox’s equivalent features (respectively called Coherence and Seamless) are available on VMs running those OSes.
VMware Workstation Tech Preview 20H2 Pro v188.8.131.52684 Crack Fusion offers deep customization options and integrations for running Windows and most other Intel-based OSes on an Intel-based Mac. Competitor Parallels Desktop performed better in testing, however.