Windows Laptop on iMac 2011 screen

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sytrusze, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. sytrusze macrumors member

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    Hey guys,

    I have a 2011 iMac, which I love. Now I want to purchase a windows laptop and use the iMac as the monitor with a converter. What would be ideal is, if I could run both mac and windows at the same time and switch screens with a button. So if I need something on my windows laptop, I can just switch the iMac screen to windows and vica versa. Is this possible and do I need some additional stuff to make this happen?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. admwright macrumors regular

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    Just use your iMac as a Mac and use remote desktop to access the windows laptop.
     
  3. vkd macrumors 6502a

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    You can't hook up non-Apple h/w to Thunderbolt Apple h/w. I too have 2011 iMac w/ Thundershite and found out this to my severe disappointment.
     
  4. sytrusze thread starter macrumors member

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    Is this true? That would be a bummer and meaning I'd have to sell my beloved iMac :(
     
  5. sytrusze thread starter macrumors member

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    Wouldn't be an option due to the latency Remote Desktop has unfortunately, but thanks for thinking with me.
     
  6. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Why not just run Indows in a virtual machine on the iMac?
     
  7. sytrusze thread starter macrumors member

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    That's OK when using apps like Notepad, but Photoshop/After Effects is not do-able on a VM.
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Photoshop and the entire Adobe suite is available in native Mac applications. VNC is quite quick and reliable provided it is properly configured and over a strong network.
     
  9. vkd macrumors 6502a

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    Using either Parallels or Fusion on my mid-2011 27" iMac, I have played Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, Revolution, Dead Space, Tomb Raider Legend, Anniversary, Underworld, and many more games with great graphics and no noticeable lag.
     

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