Bootcamp is fastest. Virtualization at its current state is slower than running native. None of the options is likely to corrupt your drive (unless it's near corruption already).Using parallels, VMWare or Bootcamp or any others? What is the fastest or easiest way without hard drive corruption?
But it will only when it is open right? When the app is closed it shouldn't do anything to a mbp performance?The safest thing is definitely to use some kind of virtual machine software, like VMWare or Parallels, but that means Windows will share resources with Mac.
It is possible to corrupt your hard drive if you don't do it the right way. I used Boot Camp with 32-bit Windows 7 and it worked for a month until yesterday when suddenly my computer froze, I got a blue screen of death saying that a system file was corrupted, and Windows never booted up again after I rebooted and tried to repair the file system with the Windows DVD. I reformatted the partition today and reinstalled Windows 7 and Boot Camp and things seem okay (for now). Then again I did install some software I downloaded off BitTorrent yesterday so there's a chance it was some virus that corrupted my hard disk and nothing to do with Boot Camp.Bootcamp is fastest. Virtualization at its current state is slower than running native. None of the options is likely to corrupt your drive (unless it's near corruption already).
Nice!Installing Windows on a Mac is already some kind of HDD corruption don't you think?
What do you want to do with Windows and which Mac do you have? The answers are critical to figuring out which method of installing Windows is preferable.
e.g. if your goal is gaming, forget virtualization.
You're right on the edge of 64 bit, so given your future engineering demands I'd strongly encourage 64 bit, but especially if you plan on also virtualizing your Boot Camp install, you should seriously consider upgrading to 6 or 8 GB.Right, I forgot to mention that. I have the newest baseline iMac, 4 gigs of RAM, 3.06 GHz Core i3 processor.
Yes, but not student or OEM. Usually the same key can still be used if you can get an iso or disc for the other version....umiwangu said:
I remember picking the 64 bit version...not sure, but then again I didn't get UltimateDon't the retail packages of Ultimate include both 32 and 64 versions?
Oh okay. Didn't know thatYes, but not student or OEM. Usually the same key can still be used if you can get an iso or disc for the other version....
FWIW I don't recommend 64 bit in a VM on a 4 GB machine. If it will be primarily used in boot camp or >4GB will be allocated to the VM it may make sense to use 64 bit.
For gaming, they're all equally good, so you may as well just go with Home Premium. Business adds the ability to RDP into the computer (remote desktop) and the ability to join a domain to the stuff in Home Premium. Ultimate adds the ability to switch languages and BitLocker encryption.Hello,
Any version of Windows 7 ? Home, business or ultimate ?
Wich one is better only for gaming with bootcamp ?
I had a good experience installing Windows 7 on Parallels Desktop 5. I used this video. Real smooth process. Check it out:Using parallels, VMWare or Bootcamp or any others? What is the fastest or easiest way without hard drive corruption?