What is the best way to have windows installed on my MBP?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by listen2justin, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. listen2justin macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2009
    CA All Day
    I would like to have the windows OS installed on my MBP. idk if it's important or if it makes a difference but i have a 15" with 2.66 ghz. i've seen different options in this forum as far as what's available (vmware, parallels, bootcamp, etc.). switching back and forth or running both at the same time between OS' is very preferable. can anyone using any of these programs school me on the differences, pros/cons, benefits of using one over the other, or straight up give me suggestions on which one to use? i'm tryin to google the differences but it's not so helpful so i figured i'd go straight to the pros for advice. thanks in advance for everyone's help!!!
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Start by reading this:
    Booting Windows on a Mac

    All of the solutions require you to have your own copy of Windows
    Boot Camp requires XP SP 2 or higher (or Vista or Windows 7)

    Boot Camp - you must reboot into Windows.
    You use Boot Camp Assistant to partition your drive and install Windows so you can boot natively into Windows
    This will give you the best performance and if you will be using games it is the preferred method

    Virtualization - Fusion or Parallels or Virtual Box (free)
    These allow you to run Windows in a separate window within OS X at the same time.
    This will give you good performance for everything but games or highly demanding software.
    If you are using Office or other similar type products it will be fine.

    NTFS-3G allows OS X to read/write NTFS formatted drives (Windows)

    MacDrive allows Windows to read/write HFS+ formatted drives (OSX)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2006
    Denver, CO
    There's a program that allows Windows to read HFS drives:


    It's a bit cumbersome, but overall it's not to bad if you need to transfer a few files.
  4. arjen92 macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2008
    Below sea level
    I have windows installed in bootcamp. When I need the power I use bootcamp (games and such), when I just need to see something quick which requires windows I use VMWare to open windows from my hd.
  5. Zerozal macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2009
    If it's important that you be able to run both OSs simultaniously and switch back and forth, than your choices are between VMWare Fusion and Parallels. With BootCamp, you have to reboot between the two OSs.

    It seems it's pretty much a Coke vs Pepsi or Ford vs Chevy thing between VMWare Fusion and Parallels. After doing my research, I decided on Fusion and have been very happy with it. You could also check out Sun's VirtualBox, which is free open source. I have no experience with it, so I can't tell you how it compares with Fusion or Parallels, although I believe that the free version of VirtualBox doesn't support USB devices, which is a deal killer for me. YMMV.
  6. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    You can always run your bootcamp partition in vmware or parallels... This is probably the best feature of both softwares :cool:
  7. Tarek macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2009
    Liverpool, UK
    Boot Camp is the best way. All applications that let you run Windows simultaneously "virtually" are not good. Slow and bad graphics.
  8. Forum-User macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2009
    I use VirtualBox v3.0 on a MBP. It is free. I configured it to read my Downloads directory as a shared drive. It supports USB. It gets updated fairly often. After installing Windows, I had to install the guest client (VirtualBox Tools?), so I can scale the Windows screen to any size and so it can automatically handle the keyboard and mouse inputs similar to any normal program window.

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