Which to choose? Windows 7 on my i7 iMac or my 2009 Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by maf2k8, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. maf2k8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    Ok so i have finally made the switch to Mac. I have always used Windows and PCs and finally made the switch and have sold off my PC.

    I currently own a 27" i7 iMac w 1tb HD and 8gb ram and also a 09 Macbook Pro C2D 2.5GHz w 4gb ram and 250gb HD.

    I have 1 copy of Windows 7 64 so i have to choose which system it goes on.

    I am not sure which system i should use it on, I will more then likely be using Boot Camp.

    I hardly need to use Windows BUT at times there might be "that program" that is ONLY for Windows ( for instance, i have 1 program i use to program my guitar effects processor that is for Windows only )

    So from time to time i might need windows.

    I am not sure which i would benefit more from, my i7 iMac or MBP?

    Are there any issues or known problems with running Windows 7 on iMac or MBP that i should know about ? ( maybe that could help be decide )

    Any comments, help or advice would be great before i do the install, thanks.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    iMac has more power and you can make the RAM 8GB for 100 bucks. I would use VM because Boot Camp is slow and clumsy, you don't want to reboot in order to run ONE app.
  3. maf2k8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    Ok i might give that a try.

    Could anyone comment on the differences between vmware vs parallels?

    What are the Pros and Cons of each?

    I also run Dual Displays on my iMac ( iMac and 24" ACD so using VM or Parallels might actually be better since i can pan Windows onto the 2nd display)
  4. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    Put in on the iMac. With a bigger screen, faster hard disk, more ram, and proper keyboard and mouse, you'll have a great windows experience on the imac. Macbook pro trackpad drivers have never been usable for windows.


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