How to install Windows-based games on a MBP ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bryan Yeap, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Bryan Yeap macrumors newbie

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    besides parallel desktop and boot camp . Is there other ways to install a Windows-based game on Snow Leopard/MBP ? *Desperate !!!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Boot Camp, Parallels, VMware Fusion, or similar apps are the only way.
     
  3. vant macrumors 65816

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    Takes me less than a minute or two to boot camp into windows from OSX. Most of the time is spent loading Windows.
     
  4. Bryan Yeap thread starter macrumors newbie

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    which software would you recommend ? My friends recommended me CrossOver, but it seems to be working on certain games only ... :(
     
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Use boot camp. It runs windows natively, so it actually runs at full speed. Any virtualization will kill gaming performance.
     
  6. virk87 macrumors newbie

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    Bootcamp or VMware. my suggestion: don't buy mac if you're playing games not available on mac or stop playing those games.

    i have win7 installed thru bootcamp, and each time I boot it up, I can't help but feel my blood boiling. why so? because it takes no more than 20s to boot up osx, but for win7 it takes more than a minute to reach the login screen, then another 15-20s for the start-up programs to load. and I swear besides SC2, the only other programs I have installed are anti-virus and google chrome.
     
  7. Entopia7 macrumors regular

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    Certain PC games can be thrown into a generic Cider wrapper and will run "natively." The wrapper application basically emulates a windows PC without the virtualization software. If you own a game that happens to work with this method, you can install it on a windows PC and copy the files over to a wrapper application.

    I should mention that this is very tinker-y and rarely works, but I remember about a year ago I had my copy of Dawn of War: Dark Crusade running rather well in a Cider wrapper...
     
  8. bamf macrumors 6502

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    Check out Steam too. There are ~100 games now that Steam has released for the Mac.
     
  9. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    What is your problem with virtualization/Windows, the cost of Windows?

    Your best bet for native performance is partitioning your drive and installing Windows.
     
  10. pandamonia macrumors 6502a

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    use bootcamp. its fine and works great. i game in windows on my mbp.

    Well i did before i upgraded my desktop pc and now i game on that again lol
     
  11. WardC macrumors 68030

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    I remember the days of SoftWindows and VirtualPC on the PowerPC Macs, that was so damn slow, it was all emulation.
     

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