Running windows on my MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shot2bits, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. shot2bits macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Hi all, sorry for the lame question but I'm about to run Window's on my MacBook Pro using virtualisation. Need to use Visio :(

    I have a 2011 15" - would I install the 64bit or the 32bit version of Window's 7?

    Thanks in advance.. Rob.
  2. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    I use 64bit Windows 7 with Parallels. Had no problems at all.
  3. ale500 macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2007
    The easy part is that you can try both and see which one runs better :). But It shouldn't make a big difference unless is an old version that refuses to run on W7....
  4. Deeps macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    Nottingham, UK
    I use the same and had no issues either :)
  5. cginn macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2008
    I also recommend 64bit Windows 7 with Parallels. On my 2011 2.3 15" MBP I get Geekbench scores around 3800 on the Windows 7 side. This is faster than my son's new low end Dell laptop scores.
  6. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Parallels never worked very well for me. I have better experience with VMWare.
    Anyway trying to use a bootcamp 32bit Windows 7 as a VM too did work. The 64bit however didn't and I had troubles starting it normal again. Now bootcamp works again but I wouldn't it.
  7. shot2bits thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Hi, I have Win 7 but it's currenty a .IMG file on my PC. Imageburn wont burn it because my drive isn't working correctly - getting an error saying "device not ready (No reference position found)"

    So, anybody know if a Mac can burn or deal with a .IMG file?

    Decided on VirtualBox by the way..


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