14 Replies Latest reply: Oct 16, 2009 8:11 AM by Nooasis
agent_s87 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
Hi guys,

I want to install Windows along OS X...
now what is better?
to install Windows via Boot Camp or via Parallel / VMware fusion??
and if through one of the virtual machine softwares, which is BETTER?? the Parallel for Desktop or the VMware fusion one???

Thank you

gonna get a MBP 13" SoOoOoOoN (Hopefully), Windows XP, iPhone 3G  16 GB - Black
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,670 points)
    http://www.mactech.com/articles/mactech/Vol.24/24.02/VirtualizationBenchmark/
    Note though, if you want to avoid viruses, but still have good support of applications CrossOver may be better, as it requires no Windows:

    http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/

    See also my FAQ* on suggestions for migrating to Mac OS X native applications:

    http://www.macmaps.com/crossplatform.html

    - * Links to my pages may give me compensation.
  • dwb Level 7 Level 7 (21,640 points)
    Based on my experience, Parallels and XP are the best combo for Windows. If you intend to run Linux, then VMWare gets the nod. Their tech support is about equal - great for nerds, not so great for mere mortals. BootCamp is the undisputed winner if your program is graphics intensive.
  • Guitarcal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I use both boot camp and vmware fusion. A neat feature of vmware fusion is you can access your boot camp partition as a virtual machine from vmware. This way, you can have both. I believe parallels might also let you do that but I have never used it. This has been helpful to me if I need to access a file from the boot camp partition quickly and easily without rebooting my computer.

    I agree with dwb that xp is probably going to be the best os to run through a virtualization software.

    I honestly don't think you can go wrong with either parallels or vmware fusion. There is also a FREE software package created by sun called VirtualBox.
    Here is the link to there home page: http://www.virtualbox.org/
    I hear and read that it is excellent as well.

    Hope this helps.
  • rakquel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I chose to use Bootcamp on my computer since I am running a lot of graphic-intense programs (such as Rhino, AutoCAD, Adobe CS4, Solidworks, etc). It works perfect. Since I can't access my Mac partition I basically have to treat my two partitions as two separate computers. It isn't too bad since my Mac partition is mostly just for surfing the net and making movies, editing home photos, etc. My Windows partition is for work, rendering, editing projects, etc...

    So far I'm liking my system. I bought a wacom tablet recently and that came with 2 free programs so I installed Photoshop Elements on my Mac partition alongside Corel Sketchpad. So I guess in emergencies, I can still do a little editing on my Mac partition.
  • agent_s87 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Nice opinions...
    most agreed about VMware more than Parallel too
    i am still curious to know what's better to do!! Boot Camp will let me restart but if i used any program i won't need that and i can run it instantly!! i am going to install Vista "even though it is a total Cr@p, and will wait for Windows 7 to become available" but am sure after a while i'll dump wimdows and if that happened before Windows 7 i'll save myself some $$$
    so i might just go for the Virtual softwares than Boot Camp!!

    and isn't the Mac better for graphics and design and all of that??
  • Guitarcal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    If you will be using graphic intense software, you will want to use boot camp. Apple is wonderful for graphics and design, but as rakquel mentioned, sometimes you need to use a windows only program such as Solid Works or Autocad. Also, to be fair, Windows is great at graphics and design. Just depends on what software you use.

    If you are going to just be using microsoft office or other simple programs, then you will be fine to use virtualization software. If you will be gaming or using programs like Solid Works, then go with boot camp.

    Or you can use both, like I mentioned above. This will give you the most flexibility. If you need to run a graphic intense program, you can boot into windows, or if you are already in os x and need to run microsoft office, just fire up your virtualization software, and access your windows boot camp partition that way.
  • agent_s87 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    i guess that's what i will do
    i will install it through boot camp then if i need a quick thing i can run it through one of the softwares, that's true
    Thank you
  • OnLnAgent Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    Try Sun's open source virtual box VM software. It's free and works well.
  • wessto Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Guitarcal wrote:
    I use both boot camp and vmware fusion. A neat feature of vmware fusion is you can access your boot camp partition as a virtual machine from vmware. This way, you can have both. I believe parallels might also let you do that but I have never used it. This has been helpful to me if I need to access a file from the boot camp partition quickly and easily without rebooting my computer.

    I agree with dwb that xp is probably going to be the best os to run through a virtualization software.

    I honestly don't think you can go wrong with either parallels or vmware fusion. There is also a FREE software package created by sun called VirtualBox.
    Here is the link to there home page: http://www.virtualbox.org/
    I hear and read that it is excellent as well.

    Hope this helps.


    I just installed parallels and you can use your bootcamp partition for the vm with parallels as well. Its pretty slick. Use it for light applications with parallel, reboot to bootcamp for graphics intensive ones.

    Cheers.
  • agent_s87 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    I just installed parallels and you can use your bootcamp partition for the vm with parallels as well. Its pretty slick. Use it for light applications with parallel, reboot to bootcamp for graphics intensive ones.

    Cheers.


    Sweet i was thinking about doing that, and was waiting for any one to post something regarding Parallels and Boot Camp and if they work and you just did

    Thank you so much wessto
  • Guitarcal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks, thats good to know!
  • agent_s87 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Thank you guys for everything
    I installed Parallels and used BootCamp drive as a Virtual Machine and it is working just fine


    thx again
  • mquiniones27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello! I am running Snow Leopard and also using Boot camp to partition my hard disk to run Windows 7. It works great and all, but I just got VMware Fusion 2.0 (couldnʻt wait for the 3.0), and I wanted to convert all my Boot Camp partition to the VMware Fusion which I havenʻt installed yet. I know that I COULD run Boot Camp and VMware Fusion on my computer, but I have a limited hard drive which is filling up quickly (160gb).

    Two questions: How do I transfer the info I have on the Windows 7 Boot Camp partition to the VMware Fusion? Also, I like how Windows 7 works on Boot Camp. How is it running on VMware Fusion as a parallel? Anyone know?

    Thanks!

    m
  • Nooasis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Does Parallels run better by itself or with Boot Camp?