Parallels VM vs Parallels Bootcamp Partition

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by davenz, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. davenz macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2008
    I am currently using windows 7 under a parallels VM.

    I know you can use parallels to start up a VM of your bootcamp partition.

    Is there any performance difference in using parallels to start the bootcamp partition compared to if you just had a win 7 VM set up in parallels? It seems like the best of two worlds as if you need a quick windows task you can just boot it up inside parallels, and if you need to do intensive tasks you can just shut down and start up bootcamp.

    I want to make sure there is no downsides before I delete my windows 7 VM and just make parallels use the bootcamp partition.

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I asked this question to a Vmware support person and they said that the a VMware VM is probably a tiny bit faster as it has to do a bit more to deal with boot camp. They also said its probably not really noticeable either

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