Bootcamp vs Virtual Machine Win7

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Cricketman, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Cricketman macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    Hey guys

    I want to run Windows 7 somehow on my new 2009 Macbook (2.4ghz, 2gb ram, 250 gb HDD)

    Now, is it better to have a separate partition through bootcamp or run it through a virtual machine (Vmware Fusion or something)

    I need to run windows for very light video streaming programs and maybe some very very light management games. Thanks.
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    If in doubt, the best solution is to do both. Bootcamp it and then have VMware/Parallels attach to your bootcamp partition. That way if you don't have enough grunt under a vm, you can just reboot into Windows.
  3. GidbinN macrumors member


    Dec 25, 2009
    If you're not running any serious Windows applications (full screen video games), I suggest you use Virtual Machine, even it might cost a little bit for activation,

    but in Parallel Desktop, there's a "coherence" view mode, where it looks like you're running windows applications under Mac OS X. Or if you want a little bit better performance, you just go full screen, and it works exactly like bootcamp.

    The best advantage is that you can easily swap files between Macintosh HD and virtual windows hard drive, which saves you a lot time rebooting your computer.

    I use Parallel Desktop runs windows 7 only for online video streaming =)

    Good Luck & Have Fun
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    this is yout best bet IMO. gives you the best options and the most flexibility because you never know what you might need in the future.
  5. johnnyham macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2010
    Depending on what programs you're using, you could try a WINE based integrator like Crossover. I use Crossover Games to play Windows games on my Macbook (same model as yours) and they run fine. I've been able to play Spore and some other recent games on there very smoothly. For the more graphic intensive games like Oblivion or Fear or Bioshock, I use my XP installation on Bootcamp.

    My only beef with Virtual Machine is that it just eats up resources. I like my resources to be nice and free range typically :) Parallels integration system is really awesome though. It's pretty cool to be running a Win only program on your Mac desktop and trick people into thinking you ported it or something ;)

    By the way, as a free alternative to Virtual Machines, you could give Sun's VirtualBox a whirl. I've used it before and it worked quite well for me.

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