PARALLELS or BOOTCAMP?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by silvestri, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. silvestri macrumors newbie

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    I am going to be getting my MBP within the week (in transit as we speak) and I am wondering which is a better program to run Windows?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Either

    What do you plan to do?
     
  3. bunger macrumors 6502

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    Don't forget to throw VMWare's Fusion into the mix. :)

    Seriously though... if you are going to run straight windows more than half of the time, then I would recommend running Windows under boot camp; otherwise, virtualize it under Parallels or Fusion.

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  4. ccalleri macrumors member

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    I've been in the same boat .. I've decided to use Parallels. It's a lot easier to install/uninstall for one .. access to files across both platforms are easy .. drag and drop! However, if you use bootcamp ... your windows will run a lot better/faster!
     
  5. DaveF macrumors 6502a

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    Both.

    Parallels for using Windows applications within OS X.

    Bootcamp for full speed, games, and greater stability.
     
  6. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    I totally agree, if you play games Bootcamp is a must.

    If like me you aren't a gamer, then Parallel Desktop is IMO definitely the better option ... :)
     
  7. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Why not use both? Parallels can use the boot camp partition so you only need to install Windows once.
     
  8. quackattack macrumors 6502a

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    Wow! I didn't realize you could do this!

    Can anyone expand on this? Are there any disadvantages to doing it this way? I am assuming changes made in Windows will show up on both bootcamp and parallels? Seems like the ideal solution.
     
  9. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    You just install Windows as normal via Boot Camp and then once that is all setup and working run Parallels and use the Boot Camp option. It will then use your Boot Camp installation to run Windows from within OS X.

    This way you get the speed advantage of being able to use Boot Camp and the convienence of Paralells. This also works in VMware Fusion as well if I remember correctly.
     

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