Difference between bootcamp and virtualbox?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by acb2m, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. acb2m macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I just ordered the MBA and windows 7. Theres some (but not a lot) of somewhat intensive programs I need to run in windows for school. Is there any noticeable difference between loading windows in bootcamp or virtualbox? My thinking is bootcamp would allocate more of the computers resources to windows. Am I wrong about this and theres no major difference?
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    When you run bootcamp, your computer boots directly into Windows; OSx is not running at all. Bootcamp is better for games as entire computer resources are available to windows and games will be faster.

    Virtual box runs under OSx and is just a virtual machine.

    It depends on what you want to run from windows. If it's games bootcamp is better.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Define intensive.

    IMHO the MBAs biggest issue for anything intensive is the 2GB RAM standard. I'd definitely get it with 4 GB if possible.

  4. acb2m thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Thanks I went with the full upgraded MBA. I need windows to take practical exams where I'm opening lost of programs to view slides, and to run SAS for my biostat course which taxes my 2006 MBP a little.
  5. kernkraft macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    With no virtualisation solution you would find 2GB RAM sufficient. Under Parallels, Windows uses 1GB, I think. The other half is not a lot for anything. 4GB with the new Airs is essential.

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