Running windows on my MacBook Pro?

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

  1. shot2bits macrumors member

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    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

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

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    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

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    I use the same and had no issues either :)
     
  5. cginn macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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..

    Rob.
     

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