Virtualization, Windows XP or Vista

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  1. cworsley4 macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2007
    I need windows for gaming and a couple apps and since it is almost Christmas I thought that it might be worth asking for. Should I get parallels or VMWare Fusionwhich one will work better for my needs. Is it worth virtualizing or is it best to use Boot Camp (I have Leopard).Also which version of Windows should i useXP PRro or Vista. I want to here frompeople that have experienced this for them selves to post responces. :apple:
    MBP 2.4 2 gig

    IF i virtualize do i need more RAM ???:apple:
  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    for gaming, bootcamp is your best option, VM will not be able to handle any 3D slightly intense games.

    if your games are old, like 5 years old, they might not run under vista, if you only play newest games, like in past 2 years, you can install vista.
  3. Guy Incognito macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2006
    Yes, either max out your system's RAM or don't bother. XP VMs will run fine with 512MB RAM dedicated to the VM. I've found Vista to be unusable (using either Parallels or Fusion); bear in mind that Vista consumes roughly twice the resources that XP does.

    For gaming you're probably better off with Boot Camp anyway.
  4. GregE macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2007
  5. Mac Curious macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2007
    How do I know how much RAM is dedicated to the VM with Fusion? Thanks.

    Mac Curious

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