Best Windows version for Studio 14 on OS X?
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xxx2nl  Identity Verified
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Nov 26, 2013

I want to create a new virtual machine in Parallels 8 on OS X Mavericks for Studio 2014. I already own a license for Windows 7, 32-bit, but I was wondering: what would be the best Windows version to run Studio on Parallels 8?

Windows 7, 32-bit, or should I buy a new license for Windows 8, 64-bit? (Of course I won't be using the touch features on my iMac.)

I "only" have the 32-bit version of Office 2010. Do I need to upgrade that too, when I migrate to the 64-bit version of Windows?

Usage: I will use Studio 2014 to QA packages that I translate in CafeTran on my Mac.

Thanks for your advice!


[Edited at 2013-11-26 09:31 GMT]


Shai Navé  Identity Verified
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Windows 7 or 8 Nov 26, 2013

They are basically the same thing. One doesn't offer any significant improvement over the other when Studio is concerned. If you already have the license for 7 (and didn't buy 8 relatively cheap after it came out), I would say stick with 7, especially if you use Windows mostly as a platform for running Studio and not much else.

If you have a license for a 32-bit version of Windows, you also have the license for the 64-bit architecture of the same version; you just can't run both simultaneously (this is true for the OEM version, I'm not completely sure about the Retail version). You can install either and would be fine.
I'm not quite sure if and how Parallels lets you adjust the RAM assigned to the VM, but unless you plan on assigning more than 4GB of RAM to that Windows VM, there is not much sense in installing a 64-bit Windows version.

By default, and except for very specific scenarios that usually involve working with huge spreadsheets, it is still recommended to install a 32-bit MS Office version.


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