12in Macbook Running Parallels w/ Windows 10

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by gman36, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. gman36 macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Is anyone running this? If so, how is it working out for you?

    I am looking to run some light engineering programs on windows. I have a 2013 15in macbook pro, but its a pain to carry around all day.
  2. gman36 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2015
    San Diego, CA
  3. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    VMware is faster in almost every category, but Parallels should work fine too. I'm running Windows 10 on a machine that's older and slower than the MacBook and it's extremely zippy. You shouldn't have any issues running it on the MacBook.
  4. SteveJUAE macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    I think more of us here tend to run bootcamp may explain the lack of replies :)
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I use that combo, but mainly use Windows to run Quicken. It's noticeably slower than running it native or in Boot Camp, but for something like Quicken it doesn't really matter.
  6. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    I run it on my 2013 11" MacBook Air. It runs great.
  7. whg macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2012
    I have the 1.2GHz 512GB Macbook and have Windows 10 installed in a Bootcamp partition. But most of the time I use Windows in a Parallels VM. It works great for me, and I use MS Office, Visual Studio 2013 and Matlab a lot for work where everything is Windows based.
    The only reason to reboot into Windows directly is to have all 8GB of RAM available for Matlab sometimes. Performance is no problem for me when developing, but the smallish screen makes me wish I had my 15" rMBP with me while sitting at the desk. As soon as I pack everything into my bag I come to appreciate the Macbook again for its small weight. In the train it's much easier to work on it compared to the big rMBP.
  8. IowaLynn macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2015
    Dock (coming) or HDMI + USB + USB-C and for $150+ you haver your 24" monitor
  9. boltjames macrumors 601


    May 2, 2010
    Because of the low-power processor, most who run Windows do it through Boot Camp which doesn't strain the resources 24/7 when using it on either the OSX or the Windows side.

    Can you live with a re-boot 1x or 2x a day or must you have instantaneous access to both operating systems?

  10. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    I use this exact setup on my MacBook 1.2/512. I am running latest El Capitan and Parallels with Windows 10 Pro. It runs just fine. Boots pretty fast and seems to work well. However, the MacBook runs a little warmer (not hot) and gets less battery time - maybe 20-25%. However, I do not run very intensive apps--I mostly use it for running things that require Internet Explorer and a few Windows only utilities I run to diagnose Windows server and networking hardware issues) so I am not sure about the apps you want to run. What 'Engineering Apps' do you thinking of running?
  11. gman36 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Ah Matlab, Pspice and Eagle.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 8, 2016 ---
    Perfect, thank you for the response.
  12. T4R06 macrumors 65816

    Oct 8, 2007
    i just installed windows 10 via bootcamp for fun and just stayed on 32gb format. super fast install and actually the windows is much better than our other machine surface pro 4 lol
  13. WickedPorter macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2012
    I ran this config with my MacBook 12" 1.2/512. It ran perfectly fine... allocated 4GB of RAM to it. Basically used it for Office apps and Chrome. It never ran slow or gave me any grief, but I never really stretched it.

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