Bootcamp and Parallels with XP.

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  1. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    Anyone doing this on an MBPr? The only things I need to run on Windows will be fine on XP (and in fact a couple of them will only run on XP). So why not just have a Bootcamp XP partition that runs those bits and bobs, under parallels, and Steam and one or two other things?

    This will be a much smaller partition surely, being XP instead of Win7?

    And/or can I run two Bootcamp partitions, one with W7 and one with XP? It seems like a bit of overkill to run Win7 Ultimate 64-bit with a Virtual mode XP window in it, all in parallels in OSX, just to run one poky little XP program!
     
  2. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    A boot camp partition, on parallels?

    You seem to be getting confused between the two :p

    Bootcamp: Partitioning your drive and installing and natively running windows by booting into it at startup. Apple only supplies drivers for windows 7 as far as I know.

    Parallels (or other virtual machine software): A virtual windows machine that runs just like a real machine (e.g. Like in bootcamp) but that doesn't require you to boot into the OS. You just open it up like an app.

    if you need to run XP I think you'll have to use a virtual machine.
     
  3. tillsbury thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I understood that the latest Parallels could run the Bootcamp partition virtually, allowing you to have a Windows Bootcamp partition (which you could run by rebooting), but access applications and data within that same partition from a virtual machine in OSX? Have I got that wrong? That's what I was meaning by running a Parallels Bootcamp partition. I don't want to have two different XP virtual machines going on, that would get far too complicated. I'm used to running an XP machine within Win7.

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    If you're saying that Bootcamp won't run XP, then how well does XP run virtually in OSX?
     
  4. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    Ahh I wasn't aware of that feature,you may well be right.
    I've run XP briefly in a VM and it was fine (2.6ghz dual core, 4gb of RAM)
    XP's a very old operating system, so I'd confidently say that any modern mac can run it in a VM very smoothly. The rMBP is a bit of a beast as well, so XP performance should be very good.
     
  5. leenak macrumors 68020

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    Yes you can load a bootcamp partition through Parallels. I'm doing that with Windows 7 right now. It works very well.

    I'm not sure about Windows XP because currently Apple only has the drivers to support Windows 7 and Windows 8. You could try it though, couldn't hurt.
     

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