Is Bootcamp Virtualization?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ZipZap, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    If one uses bootcamp instead if Parallels or Fusion, can the windows partition use the Mac devices natively?
  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

    Jolly Giant

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hamburg, Germany
    yes, that's the idea.
  3. ZipZap thread starter macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    So through boot camp, windows is NOT booting native but via a virtualization?
  4. wpotere Guest

    Oct 7, 2010
    No, it is not virtualization. You are loading Windows on a real HD and using a real processor unlike a virtual system that uses a program to "trick" the system into thinking it is on its own machine. Basically bootcamp is nothing more than dual booting your machine.
  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Boot Camp is three things:

    1. The "Boot Camp Assistant" that is a non-destructive partitioning tool to create and remove Windows partitions
    2. Firmware extensions that allow Windows to boot on the Mac (Mainly BIOS emulation since Macs are EFI based).
    3. Drivers for Windows to support the Mac specific hardware.

    Only the firmware extensions are really required. Only Windows 7 64 bit can natively boot from EFI and it often doesn't like the version of EFI that Macs use).


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