Switching between Mac OS X and Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by newbie2mac12345, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. newbie2mac12345 macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2008
    Hi, sorry if this has already been posted, but i can't seem to find the answer anywhere.

    I'm new to mac and would like to know if there is any software out there which will allow me to "switch" between Mac OS X and Windows XP without rebooting my mac.

    I am currently using Boot Camp which came with Leopard, and would like to boot this partition up along with my mac partition. For example, I would like to use mail/safari on my mac, and then be able to "switch" over to windows XP to carry on using MS Access, then ... when required, switch back to mail/safari (without loosing my data on MS Access).

    Thanks in advance.
  2. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    You can use Parallels or VMWare.

    Do a search for those and you'll get some very informative threads.
  3. newbie2mac12345 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2008
    Thanks. Will do.
  4. newbie2mac12345 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2008
    Another quick question.

    If I purchase Parallels or VMware, will i need to reinstall XP or can i just state (during setup) that i want to use my XP partition? As it doesn't say this on their sites or on the threads in the forums.

    Also, with this installed, will i still be able to boot up XP at startup using Boot Camp?

  5. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    Nope this happens with the install, it auto-detects your partition ( both fusion & parallell's),if you decide on fusion ( the better choice in my opinion ) follow this when installing it

    1 authorise windows in bootcamp
    2 install fusion
    3 install tools
    4 authorise windows again

    They both have the option of being able to boot into you bootcamp partition
  6. brkirch macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2001
    Both Parallels and Fusion have support for using a Boot Camp partition without losing the ability to boot directly into it.
  7. Bossone macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Since I'm new I'm going to revive this thread. I am wanting to switch from Boot Camp (WIN XP) for gaming and OS for everything else. Other than rebooting back and forth is there another option?

    And yes i have parallel's, but the game doesn't run well in it.
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    you cannot switch from bootcamp to OSx without rebooting. Nuff said.
  9. Bossone macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2008
  10. Fredtgf macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2014
    I dont follow

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