Question about Virtual Machines

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

  1. noatonement macrumors member

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    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

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

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

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    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

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  6. unixperience macrumors regular

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    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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