From Parallels to Boot Camp

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  1. mikegml macrumors member

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    I've been playing around with Parallels for two weeks now and although it's not bad it's not good either. Some of the absolutely essential apps that I want to run on Windows just don't run very well at all or struggle to run at all.

    I've reallocated some Ram to Parallels but I'm still not happy. So I've decided to uninstall Parallels and try boot camp instead. I actually bought Parallels so I can always go back again.

    I just thought I'd ask is there any big issues that I might not know about in doing this. I expect not but just in case.

    (I know I can't run OS X and windows together, I'm ok with that)
     
  2. phoenixsan macrumors 65816

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    That would be.....

    a viable alternative. Only be sure to check the relevant options when starting the BootCamp assistant. Also, when downloading the drivers, have patience, that can take a while. Sorry to no can help you more, but when I get home, maybe I can send you some links.....

    :):apple:
     
  3. mikegml thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks.

    What drivers?
     
  4. mapleleafer macrumors regular

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    An important consideration is the amount of time you spend on your Windows programmes. I started off with Boot Camp, but soon tired of rebooting back and forth. I’ve used Parallels for a while now and really like being able to switch between the two OSs instantly. I have to use MS Office for my business and constantly need to get information from the internet, and I want to go nowhere near the internet in Windows.
     
  5. mikegml thread starter macrumors member

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    Yep, I've thought of that, it may be a bit of PITA whichever way I jump. It's still early days for me as a windows switcher.

    However as I said there are some apps which I use a lot which just don't run good or at all on Parallels, so I'll try Boot Camp and take it from there.
     
  6. phoenixsan macrumors 65816

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    When you.....

    are doing the BootCamp setup, the Assistant give you the choice to download the drivers to enable W7 or W8 as a dual boot option for your Mac. Also the drivers to enable another hardware to run in your Windows partition. That would show as Additional Software. The thing is, download it take a while......:eek:


    :):apple:
     
  7. mikegml thread starter macrumors member

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    I downloaded the drivers but don't recall any duel boot option. The Trackpad works very poorly indeed with Windows in Bootcamp, so bad I went out and bought the magic mouse to see if that was any better but it was just as bad, they are both almost unusable.

    I'm using an old cheap mouse that works better than both the t'pad and mouse.
     
  8. scbond macrumors 6502

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    As a new Mac user I'd suggest you find alternatives for all the Windows applications that you use and discover many that Windows doesn't offer in the first place. If you then still need Windows I'd suggest Boot Camp only if it's software that uses a lot of system resources, such as 3DS Max and so on. Parallels is just convenience at a cost...but for me personally the cons of both Parallels and Boot Camp lead me to use alternatives which exist for OS X.
     

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