Best solution to run Windows on mid-2011 MBP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by koigirl, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. koigirl macrumors 6502a

    koigirl

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    Hi,

    I am considering loading Windows via Parallels or Bootcamp on my mid-2011 13" MBP solely to run Peachtree Accounting. I will be using this program minimally and periodically but want to ditch the ancient PC desktop I keep around for this specific application. Besides being a ginormous eyesore, it's so old I fear it will just crap out on me one day in the midst of using it! My husband has the newest version of Peachtree which I can load onto the new partition on my Mac. My MBP is the base model with 2.3 GHz i5 processor and 4 GB RAM. Needless to say, I am a mere Mac user, not a techno-geek, and need some advice from those more technically astute. I don't want to do anything to screw up my nice new MBP! My questions are:

    1. Which is best and simplest to use with my particular setup: Parallels or Bootcamp?

    2. Dependent upon answer to question 1, do you have a link to good instructions for setting it up on my MBP?

    Thanks for the help!:)
     
  2. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

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    If it is solely to run 1 single application, then I would definately go the route of parallels. With bootcamp you'd have to reboot everytime you wanted to use it, and Windows would take +20GB Hardrive space from you.
     
  3. igator210 macrumors newbie

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    While I have installed Parallels or Fusion on my iMac yet, I do have Win7 Pro installed in Boot camp. I only went the Windows route so that I could do database administration at home (Access 2010 front end). I plan on install Fusion in the near future.

    My (personal) thoughts was to start with Boot Camp was so I would have a the cleanest install of Windows. It can run natively when I want to. When I install Fusion I can use it to virtualize Windows when I want to do something quick and easy inside the database. But, when I want to do something more, this set up will give me the flexibility to reboot directly into Windows.
     
  4. koigirl thread starter macrumors 6502a

    koigirl

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    Sorry was offline yesterday so just checked my post. Thanks for the replies. One question on Parallels: should it play just fine with only 4 GB RAM? Which is less likely to cause trouble with my system: Bootcamp or Parallels?
     

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