Question about Virtual Machines

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by noatonement, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. noatonement macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2011
    Just a quick question...

    Am i able to run a virtual machine on my mac and run Windows in the virtual machine without using bootcamp?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, that's the purpose of a VM.
  3. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Yes. Virtual box, VMware fusion and parallels are the products you need to look at.
  4. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Yes. Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion are popular paid for products. The more adventurous can try VirtualBox which is Open Source.

    I personally favour Parallels, have been using it since the Beta back in 2006. VMWare offers better support for Unix-type VMs.
  5. noatonement thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2011
  6. unixperience macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    Well, you got your answer, but a little more info:

    both vmware and parallels will allow you to use a bootcamp partition as a virtual machine. Virtualbox (free) doesn't allow this. If you aren't doing anything graphics intensive, or won't be using it often, i'd say try virtualbox, I used it for about 2 years and it works well, not 100% error free, mainly it had USB problems, but other than that it ran fine.

    I am now using parallels.... its more polished than VB but definitely has a few issues I don't like

Share This Page