Bootcamp then Parallels or just Parallels?

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  1. blue2noise macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    Ordered my first Mac after a lifetime of Windows machines. I was planning on installing Win7 on it and using Parallels for the times I have no Mac option (specific games or apps).

    Should I install it as a boot camp partition and then link it in Parallels or just do a clean VM install in Parallels?

    I'm curious as to what the experiences are and what is my best course of action when my machine shows up.

    Thanks!
     
  2. jaydentaku macrumors member

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    I think you will be blown away as to watch parallels can do. For me, there is little convenience in booting into windows and the osx and visa versa.

    Parallels allows the use of dragging files to and from windows and osx, it places a windows folder on your dock for easy access and performance is superb.

    etc etc. I really could go on.
     
  3. blue2noise thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm very impressed from what I have seen. My only concern would be any high end Win only games that may come out at some point. How does it handle 3D graphics?

    I'm getting the Quad Core i5 iMac 27" with 8GB of ram
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    The rule of thumb has always been, if you game, Bootcamp

    Parallels and Fusion are great for most things, but if you game, you will likely not be happy with the performance
     
  5. blue2noise thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's what I heard too. Do the boot camp partition and the Parallels VM of that mirror each other? Like installations, files and such?
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    It is seamless. Install through Bootcamp and Parallels will read the partition.
    All your files, programs, etc. are the same and only one Windows install is required
     
  7. blue2noise thread starter macrumors regular

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    Excellent. So I would do as follows:

    1. Install a boot camp partition of Windows
    2. Reboot into OSX
    3. Install Parallels
    4. Link Parallels to the boot camp partition during install instead of another windows install.

    Do I have that correct?

    Thanks so much for your help!
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    ^^^

    Yes
    It will walk you through the process of reading the Bootcamp partition

    Anything you install or do in Parallels will be available when you use Bootcamp and vice versa
     
  9. blue2noise thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks again for your help and I am ready to roll! Here's hoping I almost never even need that Windows machine ;)
     
  10. jwhite4304 macrumors member

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    Parallels failed during install - locked up. Now when I try to install, the installer does not see the Boot Camp partition and wants to install from a Windows disc. Help, please?

    Jim
     

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