Parallels and Bootcamp

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by madrox910, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. madrox910 macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    HI. I installed windows xp via parallels without ever installing windows on bootcamp. is there a wrong or a right order of install? do i even need bootcamp?
    can someone please explain the pros and cons of bootcamp over parallels, or visa versa?

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time.
  2. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Boot Camp allows you to boot as a Windows machine completely. Parallels (or VMWare) virtualize a machine while the Mac OS is still running.

    Or, BC gives you 100% of the hardware, virtualization gives you a slice of it, running two or more OS's simultaneously.

    I prefer to install Windows on a BC partition, then using Parallels or VMWare to use the BC partition. Only one activation & installation needed, and it works seamlessly with either.
  3. madrox910 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    Ah yeah...ok that does makes a lot of sense. I understand now.
    Sorry for such a silly question. Ive only been a mac user for a week.

    Thanks for your help "JohnNotBeatle".
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    There are no silly questions, only vitriolic and bitter replies. Welcome to the forum and the Mac world.

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