VMWare Fusion Using Boot Camp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by belt1, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. belt1 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have Windows 7 64-bit installed via Boot Camp. It runs beautifully in Boot Camp but when I try to mount the Boot Camp partition in VMWare Fusion, the speed is less than stellar. This brings me to my question:

    Is there a performance difference running Windows by doing a clean install in VMWare fusion versus mounting an already installed Windows Boot Camp partition using Fusion?

    Thanks!
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    You have to things going against you.
    1. The performance hit of running a 64bit OS within vmware (make sure you set the type to win7 x64)
    2. The performance hit of vmware using the bootcamp partition.

    You'll get a better experience if you use vmware's VMDK disk images for your guest os then bootcamp.

    Combining both the overhead needed to host a 64bit OS and using bootcamp is certainly going to make the guest OS much slower then running it natively within bootcamp or slower then using a 32bit os within vmware's proprietary disk images.
     

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