Should I use virtual box or boot camp for windows 8

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by rockisdead, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. rockisdead macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2010
    I have 2011 macmini,basic version,just upgrade to 8G ram,I'd like to install windows 8 pro and visual studio 2012 for web developing.virtual box is easy to install windows 8 but not sure performance,boot camp is other choice,so please advice.

    Also,I would like to buy 256G ssd in the future,is it good enough for running both lion os and windows 8 on my macmini.

    thanks in advance.
  2. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    If you were a hard core gamer or video editor needing native Windows, I'd say BootCamp....

    But since your are doing web development, I'd say virtualbox 100%

    For most uses, VMs are plenty fast. There's the added benefit of not having to reboot to switch environments.

    If you add a SSD, even better.

    My 2011 MacBook Air with Windows 7 in a VM killed my friends 2011 (non SSD) ultrabook Window 7 in the "Experience test/benchmark".

    Regardless if you add a SSD, I think virtualbox is the way to go, for your uses.
  3. tekboi macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2006
    I suggest bootcamp for windows unless you are doing just basic stuff on windows.

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