Running on Windows on Mac OSX

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by iZeeshan, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. iZeeshan macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2010
    I am using my first Mac - 2011 13" Base MBA.

    I have absolutely no idea how to go about this. What are the fastest/easiest/best options to go about this.

    I'll be happy to provide any information you guys require.
  2. moderngamenewb macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
  3. iZeeshan thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2010
    I have the new MBA so I have Lion. And obviously I don't have a CD Drive but I guess I could borrow my dad's iMac's, even though I don't know how to yet.

    Also I can't decide if i should put it on a USB or install it on the computer. I only have 128gb. How much space would Windows take up anyway?
  4. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007
    About 20gb for win 7 5gb for XP and if not wanting to dual boot then perhaps something like virtualbox to run both at the same time may be more what you want oh and as far as I know windows will not boot from usb unlike a mac.
  5. iZeeshan thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2010
    Okay no I don't want to use bootcamp. I want to be able to use them side by side occasionally just for a couple of games.

    I think I use Parallels or VMWare for that right? But how do I go about it exactly...I have a Windows 7 CD and Key.
  6. auto4d macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    To the best of my knowledge Parallels makes better use of your computers power. Just buy one of these (or trial) and follow the instructions, its pretty easy.

    However if you decide you need everything your computer has (i.e. for games etc) its worth using bootcamp since you won't be running Mac OS and an emulator as well as windows.
  7. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2008
    Vmware has been better for me both in terms of performance and compatibility with Windows systems
  8. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Virtualbox from Oracle is free but it's not as polished as the commercial alternatives.

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