Windows 7 install options

Barney63

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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
 

Jacksonc

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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.
 

Dovahkiing

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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.
 

simon48

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

maflynn

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

Barney
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