Bootcamp or Paralles

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  1. jmpantalone macrumors newbie

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    Was looking for some advice on which might be better for running windows xp on my mac.....Bootcamp or Paralles?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Apples and oranges

    Boot Camp partitions your disk to run Windows natively

    Parallels allows you to run Windows through virtualization

    Check out this guide and it will give you all the info you really need: Booting Windows on a Mac

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Doing what, exactly? You need to be more specific.
     
  4. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    Both...

    Install and set-up XP using Boot Camp. Then install Parallels, and set it to use your Boot Camp partition.

    This gives you the ability to run XP full out with Boot Camp, but you can also then use it in Parallels for times when you need it for just a bit.

    I have mine set up this way, the main reason being that I have a couple applications that need to use the USB ports for communication via a serial converter. For whatever reason, I could never get the serial port thing to work when in Parallels (the Mac took control of it just when I would have Windows setting it up...).

    But 98% of the time, I use it in Parallels.

    :apple::apple:
     
  5. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    Before posting the same thing twice, I recommend using the search feature.
     
  6. jmpantalone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bootcamp or Paralles

    What do you mean exactly/need to be more specific....adivce on which one or the other????? DAH!!!!
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    He means what will you be doing with Windows

    If you are gaming = Boot Camp
    If not = Parallels will be fine

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  8. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    What will you be doing with windows? if you're playing games on it then you want to use bootcamp, if you're needing to access windows and mac os x at the same time then you want parrallels

    Edit-GET OUT OF MY HEAD MACDAWG!
     
  9. hogfaninga macrumors 65816

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    If you are going to use Office 2007 then use Bootcamp. I know they have Office 2008 for Mac, but it doesn't always play well in a Windows environment.

    As a personal preference I like Bootcamp better. You can run XP/Vista natively which is nice plus you don't have to buy the extra software. It is already included.
     
  10. jmpantalone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bootcamp or Paralles

    I get it ....sorry kingYuba...Just mac and windows apps together ....no gaming
     
  11. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Not sure I understand your post

    What does "I know they have Office 2008 for Mac, but it doesn't always play well in a Windows environment" mean? Do you mean the Mac version's files are not always compatible?

    And what do you mean by "you don't have to buy the extra software, it is already included." Do you mean you don't have to buy Parallels if you run in Boot Camp natively?

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  12. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    Also remember they are not mutually exclusive, you can set up a windows partition using bootcamp and then run that same partition on mac os x using parallels as viggen61 said in this post
     
  13. jmpantalone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What do you mean by no extra software its already included? I know windows vista has not done very well.Does it run better on a mac
     
  14. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    I believe that's what he's talking about, but as far as office is concerned I don't know since I don't use office
     
  15. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    Bootcamp is built into leopard which means you don't have to buy any extra software other than the copy of vista or xp, but for parallels you have to pay $80 for parallels and need a copy of vista or xp
     
  16. hogfaninga macrumors 65816

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    I mean bootcamp is already set up in your Mac. You have to go buy Parallels software.

    I run Vista Home Premium 32 bit and it runs really run with what I do on it. I haven't had any problems with it and it is easy to use. That said I love OS X, but Vista isn't that bad.
     
  17. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Vista is Vista whether on the Mac or on a PC... no difference

    If you boot natively using Boot Camp, it is just like a PC

    If you run it virtualized (Fusion, Parallels, Virtual Box) it will be slower
    Max your RAM and allocate it

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  18. jmpantalone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks MacDawg thats pretty much what i wanted to know. Sorry again kingyuba
     
  19. hogfaninga macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like you understood what I was saying. I guess there are a few smart Dawg fans.
     
  20. hiddenpremise macrumors regular

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    Why not both? Parallels supports booting to a bootcamp partition. So you can use parallels for non intensive stuff and boot to windows if you really need to :D
     
  21. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Please note, I've merged your two threads, jmpantalone. Next time, please do NOT post duplicate threads. Thank you.
     

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