Boot Camp + WindowsXP + VMWare Workstation

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by SHatfield, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. SHatfield macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2008
    I use VMWare Fusion to run Windows XP for software development purposes at work. Sometimes I need to run a 2nd VM to simulate a "local" and "remote" setup for some of the enterprise applications that I write... so I have Mac OS X with 2 VMWare virtual machines running at the same time, which leads to a pretty slow MacBook Pro! The response time is truly abysmal... and I have 4GB of RAM in the MBP! The performance problem seems to stem from HDD activity... the more of it, the slower the machine runs because it only has a 5400RPM HDD.

    I was thinking of running WinXP in Boot Camp and then running VMWare Workstation on that... that way I get the best possible response time from the VMs.

    Has anyone else tried this and what results did you receive?

  2. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I have not done this in Boot Camp, but I have run multiple VMWare VMs in Windows and it worked well - mind you I had an eight-core workstation with 4GB of RAM.

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