VMware Fusion lets you run more than 200 operating systems as virtual machines including Windows XP through Windows 8. Nearly all programs that run on these operating systems will run with VMware Fusion. Programs can range from common productivity suites such as Microsoft Office for Windows, to graphics intensive programs such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks.
Yes, VMware Fusion 5 has 3D accelerated graphics support allowing you to play most games that require DirectX 9.0c with Shader Model 3 or OpenGL 2.1 in Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 virtual machines.
Boot Camp is not required to run Windows on a Mac with VMware Fusion. However, if you already have Windows installed as a Boot Camp partition, VMware Fusion can easily create a Windows virtual machine based on your Boot Camp Windows installation. This will allow you to run Windows programs side-by-side with your Mac applications without having to reboot your Mac.
Yes. VMware Fusion 5 can easily import Parallels Desktop for Mac (versions 2.5 through 8) based virtual machines. Simply, launch VMware Fusion, go to the File menu and select Import, select your virtual machine setting’s file and click Import.
In typical use cases, VMware Fusion 5 has little to no impact on your Mac’s overall performance. The impact on performance will mainly depend on the amount of applications and virtual machines running at the same time, and how much RAM is available on your Mac.
Yes, you can use the vast majority of USB 2.0 devices without additional setup required, such as video cameras, external hard drives, GPS devices, and much more in a virtual machine.
USB 3.0 devices can also be accessed and used in Windows 8 virtual machines.
Yes, VMware Fusion 5 supports new Retinal Display Macs for a crisp and detailed experience of your Windows programs.
Yes, VMware Fusion 5 supports up to 10 displays in both full screen and Unity views.
Yes, you can access your FireWire hard drives in VMware Fusion by mapping the hard drive to a VMware Shared Folder. Go to the Virtual Machine menu, select Shared Folders and select Add Shared Folder. Select your FireWire hard drive and click Open to assign your FireWire disk to the shared folder. To access your FireWire hard drive in Windows, go to VMware Shared Folders shortcut on the desktop and select your FireWire hard disk.
You can assign up to 8 Virtual CPUs to a virtual machine, so the virtual machine can harness the full power of a Mac with an Intel Core i5 or i7 or Xeon processor. Multiple Virtual CPUs are recommended when you have applications that can take advantage of multiple processor cores and you have a quad-core or octo-core Mac Pro.
Yes, VMware Fusion includes a simple Migration Assistant for Windows that allows you to quickly and easily bring your entire PC to your Mac as a virtual machine. Install a simple application on your PC, connect it to your Mac, and VMware Fusion will detect your PC and take care of the rest. The PC Migration agent can be installed from your VMware Fusion 5 DVD or can be downloaded.
VMware Fusion requires the installation of an operating system in order to function. The operating system is not included with the purchase of VMware Fusion. You can either migrate an existing copy of Windows from your old PC or install a new one.
In order to run a Windows virtual machine, you must have a licensed copy of that Windows operating system or purchase a new Windows license.
VMware Fusion includes a simple Migration Assistant for Windows that allows you to quickly and easily bring your entire PC to your Mac as a virtual machine.
Whether you can legally use a copy of Windows from an existing physical machine depends on the licensing surrounding that copy of Windows. Please consult the license agreement that came with the version of Windows included with your PC for more details.
Many OEM Windows DVDs are tied to specific hardware and will not work. Whether you can legally use a copy of Windows from an existing physical machine depends on the licensing surrounding that copy of Windows. Please consult the license agreement that came with the version of Windows included with your PC for more details.
Yes, you can run as many virtual machines concurrently on VMware Fusion 5 as your system’s RAM will support. In fact, VMware Fusion 5 leverages patented memory-sharing techniques to drastically reduce the memory required to run multiple virtual machines at the same time.
You can create an unlimited number of virtual machines from a single license. You will need to provide the required operating system software and license for each installation of a virtual machine.
Yes, VMware Fusion allows you to create and run 32-bit and 64-bit virtual machines. However, you can only run 64-bit guest operating systems on Intel Macs with 64-bit processors (Core 2 Duo or Xeon).
Yes, VMware virtual machines are fully compatible across the product line. Virtual machines created with Workstation, Server or VMware Infrastructure can run on VMware Fusion.
VMware virtual machines created with VMware Fusion 5 are fully compatible with VMware’s latest products including VMware Workstation 9 and VMware Player 5.
By default, virtual machines are isolated from each other and don’t have access to the Mac. Although very unlikely, if Mirrored Folders are enabled, there is the potential to expose the Mac’s documents, desktop, music and pictures folders to potential viruses from Windows.
New VMware Fusion 5 customers get a 12-month complimentary subscription to McAfee Anti-Virus Plus to protect your Windows virtual machine from viruses.
If you don’t want to install Windows antivirus software and are concerned about security, it is advisable to not enable read/write shared folders between your Windows guest virtual machine and the Mac. Read-only shared folders will not allow Windows to change or delete data on your Mac.
The included McAfee Anti-Virus Plus complimentary subscription is for new VMware Fusion customers and covers one virtual machine for a duration of one year. If you want to install it in more than one virtual machine, you can purchase additional licenses of McAfee Anti-Virus Plus by visiting the McAfee web site.
When the subscription expires, McAfee Anti-Virus Plus will prompt you to renew your subscription. To renew your subscription, visit the McAfee web site.
Your complimentary subscription covers one McAfee Anti-Virus Plus install on one virtual machine, for one year. You can purchase more licenses of McAfee Anti-Virus Plus for your additional virtual machines by visiting the McAfee web site.