2012 iMac, Windows 7 32bit, and bootcamp

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Arman, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Arman macrumors regular

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    Doesn't work at least with Home Premium version. Bootcamp assistant says 2012 iMac only supports 64bit installations. Bummer. Stupid legacy work programs only support 32bit.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. iLondoner macrumors 6502

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    Googling brings this up in other threads. I don't understand why it should be a problem though, on my 2011 MacBook Air (Mountain Lion) I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit in Bootcamp, plus Windows XP Pro under Parallels.
     
  3. Arman thread starter macrumors regular

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    Confirmed. Does not work for any 32bit versions of Windows 7. I don't understand why? All the 2011 had full support for both 32 and 64 bit.
     
  4. Richdmoore macrumors 65816

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    I find that parallels works really well on my 2011 iMac, it may be the solution so you can keep running your legacy software.
     
  5. Arman thread starter macrumors regular

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    Update, installed Parallels 8. No problem installing Windows 32bit through VM. Everything is up and running fine.
     
  7. MEGrubb macrumors newbie

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    I understand you're using this to run your legacy programs, but how would Parallels work when using windows to run certain video games?
     
  8. Arman thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not as good as running native bootcamp. You have to share VRAM and I think you're going to take a bit of a hit on fps. This will be an issue with latest games. On older games, probably should be fine but I would probably still use bootcamp for gaming.
     

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