Wanting to play steam games for windows

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  1. nolegirl macrumors regular

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    Hi all. For the last hour, I have been searching threads and the internet for the best route to take and decided that I would just ask. I have an early 2014 Macbook Air 13 inch, 4GB Ram and 128gb drive. I would like to run Windows 7 (or 8) so I can play Steam games (nothing heavy, but light casual games). I have recently became a big fan of Steam games and unfortunately, most of them are Windows only. My fiance' has a Windows 8 laptop, but, I love my Mac and want to use my own computer.

    I know about Boot Camp, which the consensus says that's best, but, I've also read issues with trying to use a USB stick to load Windows onto it. And to be honest, I'm scared to try it for fear I may screw something up. I don't necessarily CARE that I have to reboot to switch, but I'd rather not have to. However, I'd like the best performance under the circumstances.

    For my purposes, would I be better off using Parallels 10, or Boot Camp? From what I read, using Parallels only creates a virtual world and some programs will lag in performance, but I'd love being able to switch back to OSX without rebooting. Also, If Boot Camp is the better choice, would I need to purchase a downloadable version of Windows, versus using my fiance's computer to get Windows (I read that's how it works using Parallels)? Thanks in advance for any assistance!
     
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  3. nolegirl thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks! Yeah, it came with the Windows software, and I'd rather not try to get around it so, that's fine I can purchase it. Now it's just a matter of how to get it on my Air whether using Boot Camp or Parallels.
     
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  5. nolegirl thread starter macrumors regular

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    Am I able to do this with a downloadable copy of Windows, if I purchased it online? I'd rather not have to purchase and external drive in addition to the Windows software.
     
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  7. motrek macrumors 68020

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    External DVD drives are ~$30 on Amazon and are convenient to have sometimes.

    As long as you don't purchase the Apple one for $100, it's not a huge expenditure.
     
  8. nolegirl thread starter macrumors regular

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    So, then, Boot Camp is a better way to go than Parallels?
     
  9. motrek macrumors 68020

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    I haven't used either but my understanding is that Parallels is a virtual machine setup whereas Boot Camp allows you to run Windows natively on the computer.

    If you're playing games, I expect that Boot Camp will be more compatible with games and give you better performance than trying to run both operating systems at the same time.
     
  10. David58117 macrumors 65816

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    I finally did bootcamp a few weeks ago (after slightly wanting to but dreading it for 2 years).

    Honestly it wasn't too bad. I used a spare 16GB USB drive and had no difficulty. I just googled how to on my iPad and ran through the steps. There were a few youtube videos on it as well.


    I think this was one of the ones I used:

    http://youtu.be/2S5YM-TQ-nc

    Anyway - turns out I really don't like windows. The track pad control absolutely sucked.

    Good luck.
     
  11. joshlalonde macrumors 6502

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    What about Wine?
    I don't recommend Bootcamp unless you have the disk space to spare.
     

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