Question about Virtual Machines


macrumors member
Original poster
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?


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.


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
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