Windows 7 install options

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  1. Barney63 macrumors 6502a

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    I need to put W7 on my rMBP and was wondering which is the best option.
    Am I right in thinking that Bootcamp and Parallels ofer different ways of accessing W7?
    Which way should I go?

    Barney
     
  2. Jacksonc macrumors 6502

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    I prefer Parallels because I can access both my mac and my Windows 7 at the same time. But it depends what you're doing in Windows and how much ram you have.
     
  3. Barney63 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's only a small program called Maple (a maths programming language).
    I have 8gb/256ssd

    Barney
     
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  5. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    For that I agree that Parallels would be a good way to go.
     
  6. Dovahkiing macrumors regular

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    I agree that virtualization would be fine. However, BootCamp is free and Parallels is $80.

    If you decide to virtualize, you could go VMWare Fusion, which I think is a bit cheaper. Or you could use VirtualBox, which is freeware.

    I don't want to get into a debate about the merits of these different virtualization apps, I'm just putting it out there. Each option has its respective pro's and con's.
     
  7. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    Oh, right! VirtualBox might be a good start, good thinking.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd say virtualization is probably the best option if you're only looking for a single program. I prefer VMware's Fusion, but there's also Parallels and VirtualBox. You can try all three as the first two offer timed demos and the third is free
     
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  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Maple has a native OS X version. You don't need windows to run it.
     
  11. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    Show off! :p
     
  12. Barney63 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately for Uni we have to use Maple V Release 5.
    You can only get the newer versions on Mac.

    Barney
     

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