7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 4, 2008 7:42 AM by The hatter
Seth Myhre Level 2 (325 points)
I haven't made a partition from Boot camp yet but am planning to for vista for certain apps which don't have a mac version. My question is that I was under the impression, from I think the WWDC Keynote, that the new boot camp would allow the user to switch between Windows and Mac OS X without restarting the computer, but through putting one side to sleep and then waking or booting up the other (it wouldn't allow them to run simultaneously but at least you wouldn't have to restart every time). As far as I can tell no one is able to do this yet. Are they still going to add this feature in to boot camp or Leopard? Or is it already there and I don't know where to look? Or am I just going bonkers and imagining things?

Powerbook 15 1.33 GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • 1darkprince Level 1 (5 points)
    BootCamp is not meant to boot two OS's simultaneously. If you want to have two OS running at the same time. I recommend going with Parallel or VMWare they're both excellent solid softwares to do this kind of feature.
  • Seth Myhre Level 2 (325 points)
    I'm well aware that boot camp won't run two OS's simultaniously. But I was under the impression from a Keynote before it was released that the new bootcamp would allow you to switch between the two OS's _without restarting_. There are differences between simultaneous usage and switching without restarting. And no VMWare and Parallels will not cut it for what I will be doing (boot camp is a far better choice for my use). Just to clarify I can live with restarting to get to one side or the other but I'm just asking if it were possible in boot camp to switch between without restarting yet, as I remember being mentioned before Leopard was released.
  • Craig Brady Level 4 (1,790 points)
    It is not possible to switch between the partitions without a restart.
  • Seth Myhre Level 2 (325 points)
    Ok I guess I was dreaming or something when I was watching the Keynote or wherever I got that idea from. Darn!
  • jcarus Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi Seth, I can certainly say you were not dreaming, I remember Steve saying exactly that, that there would be a way to switch between the two Operating Systems quickly. I believe it would have essentially put the Mac OS to sleep, then boot up windows. However, I havn't found anything like this yet. I can only hope that it will appear in a later release.
  • Seth Myhre Level 2 (325 points)
    Well at least I'm not crazy, maybe it wasn't ready and they put it on the backburner for later release, oh well we will see maybe when 10.5.2 comes out.
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)
    It may have been that Apple was working to help allow VMs to work seamlessly, AND support running Windows "natively." I think the term "BootCamp" is too confusing. people even think that they run Windows "under" BootCamp" rather than natively or in a "BootCamp" partition.