Mac vs. PC software question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Lambros, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Lambros macrumors regular

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    Hey, just a question to everyone out there with a MBP, do you think windows needs to be installed to run windows programs, or are there emulators (please dont mention virtual operating systems) that you use, which run every .exe you have ever attempted running?

    This question I need answering because I want to get a MBP and am tossing up between 128GB and 256GB SSD. I would like to avoid the 128GB SSD if there is a good way to run everything (incl windows programs) on SL.

    Thanks!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It depends what programs you're running. With virtualization there's always some sort of performance hit as opposed to running Windows independently from OS X via BootCamp, but it may or may not be noticeable.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I don't understand how this is a topic that needs debating. No, there are no emulators that run everything. A quick perusal of Wine's support database will make this pretty quickly evident. Bootcamp is the most complete Windows solution on a Mac; virtualization is the best tradeoff for most people....
     
  4. Lambros thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok thanks a lot. Guess Ill have to get the 256 and dual boot with bootcamp. What do you guys think?
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    What apps are you gonna use? Check out CrossOver, it lets you run Windows apps on OS X
     
  6. Lambros thread starter macrumors regular

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    mainly lower end programs, so nothing like photoshop as i can get them for mac. crossover looks awesome, used it a bit before, just wondering the extent to which it works, and if it runs all (or most programs). have you had any experience with it?
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    http://www.codeweavers.com/compatibility/browse/name

    Almost all apps are listed there. Try the trial and if the apps you use work, buy it
     
  8. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    If I was running on a 256GB SSD, things would be tight for me.

    Boot Camp would require that I guess how big my Windows machine would ever be. I'd have to create a partition on the SSD drive to that size, so I'd immediately lose a bunch of disk space that I may never use.

    With a VM, my Windows machine disk usage would be contained in a single file that started at 0GB, and would grows as needed (to the maximum value I specify). I don't lose any disk unnecessary disk space via this method.

    If I didn't want to pay for VM software, I'd see if Sun's free VirtualBox met my needs.
     

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