How and why do you dual boot Mac OS X with Windows 7

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by asifnaz, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. asifnaz macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2010
    I am happy with my MBP and I have an old laptop running XP . I want to know why one should dual boot . And waht methods can be adopted to dual boot Mac OS X snow leopard with windows 7 ...

  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I need to dual boot because I use several windows only applications that have absolutely no Mac OS couterpart. I also use it because the license was free ^-^. And because VMWare Fusion can utilize the bootcamp partition (which I like better than having in a self contained file).

    As for methods, I don't really know what you mean.
  3. asifnaz thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2010
    By methods I mean VM or boot camp . One where you use win 7 within the mac os X other where you can choose between two at booting .

    which method it better .
  4. lythium macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2009
    dual booting means you have to reboot to use a windows app. VM is what you do when you have that one app you need for work but doesnt require the resources of a full stand alone windows machine(anything not graphics intensive).

    VM for utility, boot camp for performance.
  5. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    it all depends...
    if you want to use a few apps check out crossover (they might be compatible)
    and if its a lot, then go with bootcamp. its more, how should i say this, "stable?" than any other. VMware Fusion/Parallels Desktop are great add-ons as both can utilize the bootcamp partition, so essentially you could have windows running in Mac OSX and also on the MBP, both sharing the same files,etc

    personally this would be better placed in the Windows on Mac section, but no worries.
    here are links on the "Windows on Mac" category you should look at:'s_Guide_to_Running_Windows_on_a_Mac

    (and this is all mac guides:)
    thats very handy

    EDIT: when i say a lot, i mean apps that dont work with crossover, etc
  6. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
  7. brucem91 macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2009
    I don't for SC2, because my iMac can run SC2 on ultra no problem.

    My only need for Windows is UDK. I have a dell, but I love the 27" screen on my iMac. So, I occasionally reboot my machine into win7 for UDK work. However, once I get the cable to use my iMac as an external display for my dell, bootcamp will disappear.
  8. toxic, Dec 30, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010

    toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    I boot into Windows to do CAD work, which doesn't work well at all in a VM, even with two cores and 4GB (on a Mac Pro). I use a VM to check compatibility, if I need to use IE for whatever stupid reason, or to do a lot of Excel work...I don't trust the Mac version to do a lot of number crunching without crashing.
  9. great high wolf macrumors regular

    great high wolf

    Jan 30, 2006
    Unreal Tournament 2004. That, the Steam client and some AV are literally the only things on my 32GB Windows partition.
  10. tasslehawf macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2003
    Austin, TX
    I have a windows partition for 3d modeling software and the pc version of quicken (ocasionally you just need internet explorer), but thanks to the latest version of Paralels desktop, I don't need to reboot anymore.
  11. Slurk macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2010
    Many people dual boot because they want to run Windows apps that have no counterpart on OS X, or because they want to play games that aren't compatible with OS X. You can use a virtual machine software like VMWare Fusion, or you can use the BootCamp feature that comes with all Macs.

    This is pretty helpful if you're going to go with BootCamp:
  12. josh1231 macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    I personally run Parallels 6 and also have a boot camp partition. Certain tasks such as accessing my companies VPN don't work on a Mac, therefore I have to run windows. Also, I prefer Office 2010 for Windows over 2011 for Mac, so I use it as well on parallels.

    I use bootcamp if I want to play any games, like flight simulator etc. It is simply too choppy in a virtual machine, and using bootcamps works like a charm.

    To me not having a windows solution on your mac limits your choices too much. There's too many good pieces of software available for the PC, that aren't for the Mac to limit yourself to only Mac Software.

  13. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816


    Nov 8, 2010
    South Carolina
    I dual boot inorder to access work required servers remotely. Mac is not supported.

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