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5094 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 9, 2010 8:12 PM by Clay Wagner
Currently Being ModeratedJan 9, 2010 10:34 AM (in response to Clay Wagner)You could handle it in almost any variation you want. With only 2GB of RAM though, the virtual machine will not be very snappy. If I were in your shoes, I'd probably just do boot camp, since it's going to be just as quick to boot with the option key and select windows to do excel stuff, then reboot back to mac when you're done, since it'd be free and give you the best performance.
If you're not too worried about it running slow (1GB for the virtual machine would be pushing my patience to the limits and i wouldn't run it with any less, nor would I take any MORE away from OS X) then you could go with just a virtual machine, no need to boot camp it at all if you didn't want to, just do a normal virtual machine build from within whichever app you chose. So if that speed issue isn't a problem, just to do MS Excel sometimes in a windows environment, I'd just do the virtual machine only, save having to partition the drive at all with boot camp and such.
Now, there's a lot of back and forth on the current versions of parallels and fusion. I spent a week or so with both when each new version was released testing, because I do have a boot camp windows 7 partition and sometimes do it virtually rather than booting into it (but I have 4GB of RAM so it's a little more usable for me). I found that my experiences paralleled a lot of the people out there. Parallels had a bit better graphics response, but fusion for me boots it quicker, and i have no problems at all running anything I want with it. Parallels I had some performance issues outside of the video subsystem that just frustrated me too much. Both have their flavor of a "coherence" or whatever they call it mode, where you could actually not even have the virtual machine "visible", you'd just see your Excel application running on your dock like any native OS X app does. And they both did a good job of that for me (that's actually how I run my Outlook since I really can't stand Entourage).
So any answer will be a "valid" answer, but you're really the only one who can say whats going to be the "right" one for you.
Hope this helps a bit.
JohnMacbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 9, 2010 10:54 AM (in response to JDThree)I have the exact same issue as Clay Wagner. Just need Excel and that notes program that comes with MS Office. And I apologize, I don't know jack about computers.
My question is whether there is any disadvantage to loading VMWare now if I plan to use boot camp later? The reason I ask is that I understand that, if I wait, I can bootcamp a copy of windows and then use VMWare to access it. That way I'd have the choice when working in OSX of virtualization or boot camp. (and I'd probably mostly use boot camp, I hate things that don't run well)
But if I load VM Ware now and then want boot camp in late January, will I then have 2 copies of Windows installed? Will that make things difficult and/or buggy?
Thanks for the help...MBP 13 2.53, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 9, 2010 2:28 PM (in response to LRMIII)Just take your Windows Home Premium 7 32-bit and setup a Boot Camp partition and give it a go. No one except someone with same MBP setup can tell you what issues they have with 7.
If you run into trouble, which I doubt, set it aside and play with (free) Sun VirtualBox http://www.virtualbox.org and use the time for playing and experimenting. Sun doesn't talk to or read Boot Camp.
Just only activate Windows when you have decided what you are going to use. That is your only real issue.Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
Currently Being ModeratedJan 9, 2010 3:08 PM (in response to LRMIII)If you are planning on using your windows license for boot camp later, you'd be best off waiting to make that a virtual machine AFTER you boot camp it, so that if you go into boot camp or if you go into the virutal machine from OS X, you'll be on the same "machine". If you setup a virtual only windows 7 install using parallels or fusion, when you do boot camp, you'll end up with a second install of windows 7.Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 9, 2010 3:19 PM (in response to Clay Wagner)Thank you for the great ideas!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 9, 2010 8:12 PM (in response to Clay Wagner)Ok, I decided to do Parallels Desktop 5. Tomorrow I am upgrading my ram to 4 GB. Having said that, should i install 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7. BTW, I have no idea what the difference is between the 2.
ClayiMac, Mac OS X (10.5.2)