brand new imac.. switching mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by chris650, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. chris650 macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    I have had mac mini for home theatre, ipad, iphone, macbook pro...etc.

    Finally, i bought a 27" iMac... switching my main desk top workhorse to Mac!!!

    However, I would like to keep a windows environment for transitional period of time and occassional future use.

    What are the pro and con for bootcamp vs. VM???
  2. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    Bootcamp is faster, but requires you to reboot the computer each time you want to switch environments.

    VMs gives a slight performance penalty, due to having two OSes running at the same time, and to the limited amount of RAM used by Windows, but you get the bonus of being able to run Windows apps seamlessly side to side with OS X apps (fusion mode).
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Maybe this can help:

    In shot, BC allows the full resources of the Mac to be used with Windows, though a restart is required, while running Windows via a VM will allow you to use Mac OS X with Windows side by side, though Windows will not be as fast as with BC and it might slow down your Mac OS X experience too.

    Running Windows in a VM can be done with not so CPU and GPU intensive applications, while BC will allow you to fully utilise your Mac's hardware components.

    Btw, a more descriptive thread title could get you a more experienced audience.
  4. mabaker macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2008
    I would not recommend running Windows on a Mac. It give you this horrid Windows startup screen every time you boot into Windows. :D:eek:

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