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Get a Parallels-like XP Start menu in Fusion's Unity mode Apps
If you install LeeSoft's completely free ViOrb in your VMware Fusion Windows XP virtual machine (VM), then set the VM to use Unity mode, the ViOrb will stay running at the bottom left of your screen. As long as your dock isn't massively long, there's plenty of room for the Orb, and it works just like your Windows Start menu. You can then run programs in Unity mode and have access to the full Windows start menu, similar to Parallels' Coherence mode.

[robg adds: The functional Start menu is the one Parallels feature I miss when using Fusion, and ViOrb provides a relatively seamless workaround. (To get the original Start menu back, just right click on the ViOrb and select Exit from the contextual menu.)]
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Get a Parallels-like XP Start menu in Fusion's Unity mode
Authored by: koehn on Dec 01, '08 08:11:47AM

Why not just use Fusion's applications menu? It has nearly everything the start menu has, minus the recent docs.



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Get a Parallels-like XP Start menu in Fusion's Unity mode
Authored by: MightySandwich on Dec 01, '08 09:29:39AM

Couldn't you also go to View > Show Taskbar in Unity ?



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Get a Parallels-like XP Start menu in Fusion's Unity mode
Authored by: enizlopd on Dec 03, '08 03:24:49PM

Of course you could just enable the "Show Taskbar in Unity" option in the View menu when Unity is activated to turn on the actual Taskbar complete with Start Menu. Perhaps I'm missing something?

David



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Get a Parallels-like XP Start menu in Fusion's Unity mode
Authored by: dstewart on Dec 30, '08 05:53:34AM

This is good looking, I guess (if you have your taskbar set to twice the normal height). But really, there already IS a Start menu in Fusion. In the dock, right-click (or left-click and hold) the Fusion icon, and look at the top: There it is, your virtual machine's name, which sprouts the Windows Start menu.

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David



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