Windows 10 on rMB: Parallels OR Bootcamp???

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  1. GreenPea macrumors newbie

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    Please give me your opinions and experiences.
    I am currently running Windows 10 on my rMB(8gb/256) through Parallels desktop.
    Should I be running Windows 10 through Boot Camp instead??
    I use OSX 90% of the time/ Windows 10% of the time.
    What is the best method for running Windows 10 on my rMB?
    Parallels desktop OR Bootcamp? Pro's and Con's to both.
    Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Aneef macrumors regular

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    I prefer running my Windows on Parallels Desktop. In parallels desktop, you share your resources for the VMs i.e. RAM, HD space, number of processor cores, etc. and it can lead to laggy VM response if you run some extremely resource extensive programs on your VM. On the other hand, in bootcamp you have dedicated resources (complete resources) allocated to your Windows e.g. Your full 8GB RAM will be available to the Windows. But you'll have to make a separate partition of SD storage space for usage in Windows (formatted NTFS or FAT-32) and that storage cannot be reclaimed or used when you are using OS X.

    Considering the fact that you use Windows only occasionally (10%), I would advise you to keep using Parallels Desktop as it saves you the hassle of restarting computer and also since you have only 256 GB SSD available, it would be difficult for you to allocate dedicated storage space to Windows if you are in Bootcamp.

    Regards.
     
  3. GreenPea thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Aneef,

    That is very helpful. I think I went the Parallels route initially because I didn't like the idea of partitioning off my Hard Drive for Bootcamp.
     
  4. MrXiro, Dec 24, 2015
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    MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    My only concern is how laggy Windows will be in Parallels. Core M is good, but add more stress to it and it's hard to say if it can handle both tasks smoothly, it's not a power processor. I would bootcamp, also... it's free so just dedicate 20-30gb to Windows and use it when need be, IMO.
     
  5. Aneef macrumors regular

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    Yes Core M won't be able to run 'resource extensive' programs in Parallels and will give laggy response. It depends on the requirements of OP. If he just wants to use Windows occasionally and that too with not-very-demanding softwares, then he should be ok with Parallels. However, you can always Bootcamp to see how the Windows performs there (and you can always remove the Bootcamp afterwards too if you don't need it).
     
  6. SteveJUAE, Dec 25, 2015
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    Parallels also consumes SDD space it's not free as both the OS and the windows apps, temp files etc all need storage space

    Bootcamp windows can see your OSX drive but OSX can't see Bootcamp

    Parallels costs 3x more than Windows, Windows updates are free

    You can always do a min install of Windows and run data from a thumb drive or onedrive if you are concerned about storage space

    Some prefer the added separation of bootcamp for peace of mind
     
  7. boltjames macrumors 68030

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    Boot Camp for me for the performance concern raised above and the fact that I use Windows 100% of the time.

    BJ
     

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