Bootcamp in a Window

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by troutspinner, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2009
    I searched!

    I am running Windows 7 via Bootcamp. I need to run it this way due to heavy graphics/cad usage but there are times in the day I need to do a 20 second task in Windows that is not graphic demanding and I am finding myself constantly rebooting from OSX to Bootcamp then back again.

    What I would like to be able to do is to run my current bootcamp installation in a window for those non-graphic demanding times almost like a remote desktop connection, of course, maintain the ability I currently have with booting straight into bootcamp also.

    I have tried Parallels in the past but if I remember it wants to integrate. I do not want any integration or co-mingling (i'm anal). I want it to work almost like a remote desktop. Is there a solution like this?

    Thanks for any and all help.

  2. macrumors demi-god


    May 12, 2007
    I'm not sure what you mean by "integration" or "comingling." Either Parallels or VMWare Fusion will do what you need--they allow you to run your BC installation in a virtual machine under OS X. The latest versions are surprisingly capable; you can run Win7 with full Aero effects, for example. Highly recommended, as constantly rebooting as you are doing is a major pain.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2009
    Bootcamp, as the name implies, is designed to help you boot the whole computer into Windows. OS X doesn't get invoked at all. Effectively you have a Windows PC.

    As VideoFreek said, you need something like Parellels or Fusion in order to run a Windows application whilst still in OS X.

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