Parallels and Windows 7 on base 13 in MBP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Phone Junky, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

    Phone Junky

    Oct 29, 2011
    Sunshine State
    Looking at getting a new base model 13" MBP but I need Windows to run an older program I have. I have a retail purchased copy of Windows 7. Will the cheap (non subscription) version of Parallels work OK along with Windows 7 on the base MBP? I used Bootcamp before but Bootcamp doesn't support Windows 7 anymore. I have no experience with Parallels. Any helpful insight on this would be appreciated.
  2. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    People have been running it fine for years, especially for programs that don't have intensive graphics. I used virtualbox and windows 7 to run office 2010, and it worked fine on a 2010 15" MBP.
  3. thesaint024 macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2016
    suspension waiting room
    Are you tied to Win7 for your older program, or is it your preference because you have a purchased copy? If this isn't common knowledge (wasn't to me), you can install a copy of Win10 for free to use in Bootcamp. I would think native Windows would be preferred to Parallels?

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