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should i install windows?

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paraguayalyssa Calculating status...
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Jun 20, 2009 6:40 AM
Hey. I just bought my first macbook and purchased parallels with it. I didn't realize, however, that I'd have to install windows in order to use it, and I'm not crazy about that idea. I don't want to compromise my mac by putting stuff on it that will slow it down or cause other problems. I figured I could try installing Windows (Vista) and then if it caused problems I could take it off. But it will always leave a footprint on my computer, right? Anybody have any thoughts?
macbook, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • m.bode Calculating status...
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    Jun 20, 2009 5:23 PM (in response to paraguayalyssa)
    If you would install WIndows in Parallels, it won't slow down anything (unless you start Windows). As long if you don't use Parallels, all it will do is to consume some hard disk space. To get rid of this Windows, simply uninstall Parallels.

    As an alternative, you could use Bootcamp to "really" install Windows on a separate disk partition. Same here: it won't slow down anything, it just takes some space on your harddisk. If you don't like Windows anymore, simply use Bootcamp manager again to remove the Windows partition.

    Take a look here for more information about Bootcamp:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1461
    iMac C2D 20", 2.4 GHz, 2 GB, Mac OS X (10.5.7), MacBook Pro 13" / iMac G5 20" / original iPhone 8GB
  • Qwik Calculating status...
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    Jun 20, 2009 5:57 PM (in response to paraguayalyssa)
    Use Bootcamp, using virtualization is a waste.
    MacBook Pro, Other OS, Windows 7 RC1
  • Dave Dahle Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Jun 21, 2009 8:54 AM (in response to Qwik)
    Qwik: A waste how? I did start out with Boot Camp and running in Windows for the first couple weeks, but the extra steps involved with flipping back and forth between XP and OS X made me decide to go with virtualization instead. No issues (other than the one time Parallels launched its updater while it was running a virtual machine).
    Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Dave Dahle Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Jun 21, 2009 9:04 AM (in response to paraguayalyssa)
    paraguayalyssa: I've been using Parallels with Windows XP for the past year plus, and I've never really observed a speed hit on the Mac side while running Parallels. In fact, you can configure the balance of resources - whether the Windows virtual machine gets more or the Mac gets more, or find the point where both OSes seem to be running at about the same speed.

    Unless you are using a Boot Camp partition, the Parallels virtual machine is nothing more than a large file on the hard drive. If you decide later to exorcise Windows from your Macbook, all you need to do is delete the virtual machine then uninstall Parallels - nothing should remain after that.

    HTH

    Dave
    Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Qwik Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 21, 2009 9:06 AM (in response to Dave Dahle)
    Depends on what you are doing. I play a lot of games, you don't want to use it for that. I'm also a pretty big performance geek, so any delays really bother me.
    MacBook Pro, Other OS, Windows 7 RC1
  • Dave Dahle Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Jun 21, 2009 9:21 AM (in response to Qwik)
    Qwik: Hm... point taken
    I have and do play games on both platforms, but they're more along the lines of emulators / casual games so I never really notice any serious delays on a regular basis (although it HAS happened where the system knocks the game down the priority list for a second, resulting in a momentary lag and always when you don't need it).

    But this is irrelevant to the OP's questions...

    Message was edited by: Dave Dahle
    Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Jun 22, 2009 7:32 AM (in response to Dave Dahle)
    Very relevent to whether Windows in a VM impacts the system.

    Me, I could not stand Fusion or VirtualBox and the 'extra steps' of running Windows natively, I also don't depend on Parallels 4.x for support, and, I get to use 4 or 8 cores and more memory.

    Build or buy a PC if you want. But you still have a couple days to get Microsoft Windows 7 Release Candidate, with 8 months before it expires.
    Mac Pro 8800GT WD Blk Caviar 640s, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Windows 7 eVGA X58 Core i7 920 9800GTX APC RS1500
  • davi angel Calculating status...
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    Jun 22, 2009 5:34 PM (in response to m.bode)
    Yeah I like how easy bootcamp makes installing Windows. I installed Vista and then changed my mind and bootcamp kindly erased all traces of it for me and gave me back the discspace it was using up
    Macmini3,1Intel Core 2 2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.7), new 2009 mac mini

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