Parrallels or Boot Camp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by stuff99, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. stuff99 macrumors 6502

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    I want to install Windows Vista on my iMac.

    Just wondering what are the pros and cons from installing Parrallels or Boot Camp to run on my mac?

    Thanks!
     
  2. freeedge369 macrumors member

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    I went with Paralells

    I am a long time PC user, (very) new mac user.
    I just bought a Macbook Pro, and decided to go with parallels. You have the freedom to run the two side by side, with no rebooting. With boot camp, you need to restart the computer every time you want to use a program from the non active OS.
    The upsides of Boot camp are:
    A:It's free(You can download it from apple.com)
    B:You can dedicate all your resources to Windows, whereas with with Paralells you can only give your virtual machine a max of 1.5 gb ram.
    I peronally love the freedom and simplicity of Paralells, but it's really something that requires your own judge. I recommend downloading the trial of paralells, trying it, delting it after the 30 days, then downloading Boot Camp and trying it as well. I feel Paralells to be superior, but whether or not it's $80 worth of superiority depends on your priorities.
    I hope I've managed to help you out.
     
  3. stuff99 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    ^ Yes you can run vista on parallels.


    There are other options such as the ability to install bootcamp, and parallels.

    You can then have the benefits of bootcamp when you need full hardware acceleration / support (so you get Aero etc.) - and the benefits of parallels when you want to run without leaving osX
     
  5. stadidas macrumors regular

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    Go for a bootcamp install, and use VMWare Fusion to run them side by side, not parallels.
     
  6. stuff99 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  7. stadidas macrumors regular

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    VMWare does the same job as Parallels, except better, as it integrates with Exposé properly, and isn't as slow.
     
  8. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    As a long time Parallels user, I like VMWare Fusion a lot better.

    stuff99, VMWare Fusion is free for now, while it's in beta. You can download the beta on the link below. (free registration required) If you like it, you can pre-order it for 50% off the price it'll be when it's released.

    http://www.vmware.com/beta/fusion/
     
  9. BigJohno macrumors 65816

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    I have xp in a bootcamp partition can I access it with fusion with out rebooting?
     
  10. aristobrat macrumors G4

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  11. mainomega macrumors 6502

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    We installed Bootcamp 1.3 with Xp when we have to play some hardcore games and Parallels for when we just need to run some basic programs. Its the best of both worlds BUT loading the VM by reading the bootcamp partition is slower than having parallels load the VM.
     

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