Win on intel mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by fishy2k8, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. fishy2k8 macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2006
    hey im new here and i am considering purchasing a mac for video editing and other media things. I currently have windows and lots of win apps, like adobe and macromedia suites. i do plan on have windows on the mac in the form of dual booting... how do i go about doing this and how well does it work? is there an easier way, some way that i dont have to reboot to get to the other operating system?

    Thanks i look forward to your responses
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Why would you bother rebooting to Windows to use apps which exist natively for OS X? I mean, shouldn't you have factored in the cost of moving your apps over?

    In any event, you can use the Boot Camp Beta to create a partition for Windows and get the drivers you need for your machine's hardware to work in Windows once it's installed.
  3. fishy2k8 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2006
    one, i havent bought anything yet, two im not going to buy expensive software that i already have over again just to be able to run them on a mac. I thought with the new mac that you could boot from windows and os10 since it is intel
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Google Parallels and VMWare -- they are the other major options. Of course you can just run Windows 100% of the time on whatever computer you get, if you really desire... or of course you can buy / use Mac software.

    For Adobe and Macromedia, you may also try contacting them directly. In the past, they have quietly offered very good "sidegrade" deals -- you surrender your Windows license and get a Mac one for a very nominal fee.
  5. modShade macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2006
    Besides booting into Windows which will certainly give you the best performance there are:

    Parallels Desktop for Mac

    CrossOvers Mac

    Like I said, since both of these are more or less "emulating" Windows you'll take a performance hit. Good thing about these are you'll never have to boot into Windows.
  6. apb3 macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2006
    PTSD therapy
    Boot Camp is one option but it is still Beta and I've seen some reports of problems. Just do a google search for Boot Camp problems or something similar.

    Parallels is another option (I think around $75) and it lets you run Windows virtually while in OS X (without rebooting).

    I am going through researching this currently as well. Boot Camp requires a reboot and reportedly has some issues. Parallels runs virtually in OS X but I'm betting running both OSes has some inherent performance hit.

    I'd welcome any constructive advice from anyone who has tried Parallels and Boot Camp as well...
  7. fishy2k8 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2006
    that surrendering thing sounds like a good option... that or just boot into windows... anyone have a web site that shows you how to set that up? the HD partitioning? thanks
  8. fishy2k8 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2006
    when you partition a HD for mac os and windows... does it read like two different HD's? like if i were booted up in OS and there was a file in my windows part of the HD would i be able to see it, like a second HD?
  9. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    From windows you will not be able to see the OSX partition, however, you can buy some software that will let you MacDisk I believe. From OSX you will be able to see the Windows partition, read from it, but cannot write to it. You can create a 3rd FAT32 partition that each OS can read/write to/from, there is an upper limit on the size files you can store in a FAT32 partition something like 3/4 GB.
  10. fishy2k8 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2006
    so is that readable/writable partition option a choice to select in the boot camp program when creating the HD partition?
  11. kfdan macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2006
    What about MacDrive 6 ?

    Wouldn't that be a good program or maybe CrossStripe?
  12. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    I don't think so. you will need to use Disk Utility in OSX or some windows program to create it.
  13. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Much easier & safer to stick with an external drive for data exchange, or if you're planning on a Mac Pro, just add another internal drive.


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