Macmini, Win 7 , bootcamp or virtualbox

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by mercuryguy, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. mercuryguy macrumors member

    mercuryguy

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    Hey guys,

    I am wondering whether to install win7 via bootcamp or virtual box. My macmini has 2GB memory so if I do a virtualbox install the max I will allocate for win7 is 1GB. I will not be using win7 a lot, I am installing it because my univ gives it for free and just wanted to test it out and play with it.

    Also, one more problem, the MSDNAA download for win 7 is in EXE format. If I do decide to install as a VM using virtualbox how can I install the EXE, I might have to convert it into a ISO right?

    Thanks.
     
  2. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    I say use Bootcamp, the only reason to use software like VMWare is to run windows along side your mac. If you do do 2GB or RAM it will be slow, i would recommend atleast 4GB of RAM to run it along side OS X.

    I cant help you with the second part of your question.
     
  3. mercuryguy thread starter macrumors member

    mercuryguy

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    Thanks. If I do install via Bootcamp, will I need a DVD of win7? or can I install if I copy the EXE file to a USB flash drive?

    Thanks!!
     
  4. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    I have only installed windows via a CD/DVD, i have no idea if it will work with a USB or .exe file.
     
  5. ymarker macrumors member

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    I've installed win 7 from a usb as long as you boot from a usb drive/stick. Just google it.

    I'm looking forward to VMWARE fusion 3 which is rumored to be aero enabled while running alongside mac - yes I like eye candy.
     

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