At long last, I'm running Vista on my MacBookPro. My previous posts about installing windows (part 1 and part 2) and installing Vista described a disastrous and ultimately failed attempts to install Vista Home Premium on my iMac. The short answer: if you're running Parallels Desktop for Mac, the only Vista that will work is the big, fat, most-overpriced Ultimate version. Don't even think about using the upgrade model.
So I reluctantly sprung for yet another copy of Windows. As if there weren't already enough flavors of Windows Vista (there are 7, not including upgrade versions), I opened the clumsy packaging to find I have to choose between two install discs - 32-bit and 64-bit. Since I have a brand new beefy MacBookPro and the latest rev of Parallels, I went ahead and assumed I could use the 64-bit install disc. Yes, I should've checked first. I don't remember the error, but my Mac wasn't one bit happy with it. I barely got into setup, had a nasty crash that seemed to even affect Parallels. I didn't even bother looking up what might have gone wrong. I just reinstalled Parallels and used the 32-bit disc. It installed without a hitch. Given my track record, getting Windows installed on the second try is pretty good.
Why Parallels thinks I have a floppy drive, I don't know. It's running fine on 512MB of RAM, which is way less than it takes to run it on a PC. Gotta love that :)
My quickie review of Vista - it's slow. It's really testy - it asks permission for everything, often several times while installing a single piece of software. I don't know who said this - I'd love to attribute this quote to the orinator... "Vista is XP in a skirt."
Here's a screen shot (click to enlarge to 1440 x 900) of my MacBookPro running Parallels in coherence mode. Coherence mode lets me run windows and mac programs side by side without having to deal with the windows desktop. My Mac doc runs along the left side and the Windows task bar along the bottom. (this is my preference - you can leave your doc at the bottom - it'll run below the Windows task bar.) I'm running VPchat (Windows only), Adium (Mac only) and Twitterific (Mac only).
Yes, I named my Vista virtual OS Parasite Rex, after the most excellent book of the same name. Parasite Rex : Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures - it's fascinating, extremely readable science.