Bootcamp vs. Parallels

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  1. wwhitmire macrumors newbie

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    Again, forgive my ignorance, but I'm about to buy a macbook and am curious how these two work. Do either of them come preinstalled? If not, which one should I get? What are the advantages or disadvantages to each?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Neither comes pre-installed. There are numerous threads comparing the two. Check the "Windows on the Mac" section and use the search function.
     
  3. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    No, they do not come preinstalled.

    Boot Camp helps you set up a separate partition to install Windows on, so you can choose to boot into OS X or Windows. It is free.

    Parallels is a program that runs in OS X that creates a virtual environment for other operating systems. You can use Parallels to run Windows inside of OS X. It is $80.

    There's a lot of information and discussion about Boot Camp vs. Parallels in the Windows on the Mac forum. Try searching through there.
     
  4. wwhitmire thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. psingh01 macrumors 65816

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    You can also download a demo of Parallels. It is the full version but expires after a while (but you just have to ask for another demo key)

    I use parallels almost exclusively, it works just great. The only reason I have boot camp installed is to play games and I never even do that, so it just takes up space.
     
  6. Nuc macrumors 6502a

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    You could also try VMware. It's less of a memory hog and I like it better...

    Nuc
     
  7. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

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    This is 'gonna sound really really stupid but I have never tried VMware because the name is....well....not very catchy. It reminds me of something some dude created in his basement on a rainy weekend. Give it a better name and a cool looking icon and I just may try it.
     
  8. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    I prefer the icon of VMware to parallels 'thing'
     
  9. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

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    Wow....in all honesty I never checked it out because I could never get past the name. LOL Damn nice icon! I may just have to check this out!
     
  10. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    VMware ... Virtual Machine ware. Makes sense to me :p

    VMware was the best solution on the market for a looooooong time and is still the best for running virtual machines in Windows.
     
  11. macandpc macrumors newbie

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    Parallel is the way to go. The funny thing is that my school is mac based at least the science department. I use Parallel for office 2007 with xp pro. The parallel program has a awesome display mode that make it seem like your running office right off the mac pc itself. (don't know if I am making sense but its awesome). You should consider it.
     
  12. makismagoo99 macrumors regular

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    Unless you want to use Windows for gaming, I would go with Parallels. I just tried it out, and it's amazingly fast. Plus, if you add VirtueDesktop to the mix, you can do the fast OS switching thing as seen in this video.
     
  13. lindmar macrumors 6502

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    I spent the past 6 months painstakingly using parallels and bootcamp..

    bootcamp is OK but switching is a pain.

    parallels is slow as heck...

    Installed VMware two weeks ago, never going back to the previous 2.
    VMware is awesome! Super fast, easy to switch! Everything WORKS.

    Very happy
     
  14. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    I found that it was slower than parallels, this may have been a slightly older build though, see here for my post when Fusion first added bootcamp booting support.
     
  15. hopejr macrumors 6502

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    VMware Fusion beta 3 with the debugging turned off is quite fast. I'm running Vista Ultimate under it (although the fancy stuff doesn't work, not that I like that stuff anyway). I have XP in boot camp and find that using VMware is fine for me, unless I want to play games. I used to dual boot Windows and Linux, and now dual booting OS X and Windows is just as annoying, especially with the clock thing making the desktop in Finder malfunction.

    BTW, used to use Parallels, and used the Cohesion feature, it was good for a little while, but got sick of it. Parallels is good, but I'm a VMware veteran and prefer it.
     
  16. Lycanthrope macrumors 6502a

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    Well I got my first Intel mac end of last week and slapped a Boot Camp partition and XP onto it. I thought this was a pre-requisite for Parallels but then I saw that Parallels has several options, running from Boot Camp being just the one.

    The first running of Parallels was awful but once it was up and running and in full-screen it seemed to be very performant. I didn't have to setup any drivers either, it just worked.

    I suppose I need to look in the forum indicated but in the meantime is it preferable to use a Boot Camp partition or a installation through Parallels itself? I'm not interested in bootin into Windows, I just need to run a few pieces of software from time to time in Windoze.
     
  17. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    How many machine installations does the Parallel license allow? (For example, I can put Aperture on two of my Macs.)
     
  18. iJawn108 macrumors 65816

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    I like parallels myself, mainly because I don't have to reboot and it's a VM and very easy to make several copies to mess with.
     
  19. IAmNotMyName macrumors newbie

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    I use Parallels and am very happy w/ it.

    1 - No need to reboot, just start do the Virtual Machine, do what I need to and drop back to OS X.

    2 - Can run Linux, Solaris, etc. - very nice to have one machine able to run OS X, Windoz, and Linux, etc.

    Boot camp wouldn't work for me, as I can't see rebooting just to do one little chore in windows
     
  20. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

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    Parallels runs great but.....

    I have an Intel-based iMac with a gig. of RAM and if I have a few apps. open and decide to run Parallels, the whole OS really bogs down.
     
  21. Whiskerdreams macrumors newbie

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    I run it with 2G and it seems to run fine. I think Parallels needs lots of ram to be effective
     
  22. e12a macrumors 68000

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    +1 for VMWare Fusion Beta 3.

    Its free, its one of the best, why not?
     
  23. airfang macrumors regular

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    I decide to install both of them

    Since Parallel now supports running from a bootcamp partition

    so I can restart and run windows natively if I have intensive program to run, otherwise I will just run Parallel
     
  24. slffl macrumors 65816

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    I like Parallels. I do VMWare ESX administration at work so I'm familiar with VMWare as well. However, I prefer the look and features of Parallels.

    Also, if you plan on playing Windows games, then use both BootCamp and Parallels (since Parallels can use a BootCamp partition). If not, then go with Parallels only.
     
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