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Running Windows on Macbook Pro

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delphijunkie Calculating status...
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My current development laptop is showing signs of HDD failure, so I've bit the bullet and ordered a Macbook Pro as a replacement. My work consists of Windows development using a combination of Delphi and Visual Studio, so I'll be running Windows on the Macbook, and I'm looking for advice on the best way to do this. I intend to use OSX for as much functionality as possible, and hope to only fall back to Windows where necessary.

I have a copy of VMWare Fusion already, and my initial thought is to create a Boot Camp partition for the Windows install, and mount this as a VM using Fusion. I've never used Fusion in this way before, so I'm not sure how well it works.

Also, is there any recommendation for the best Windows version to run on a Macbook Pro. I'm getting the 15" model with the 500GB HDD and 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. I have a MSDN subscription so I can utilize to get whatever version would make best use of this hardware.

Finally, I have an existing 19" Dell monitor I would like to be able to use as a secondary monitor (approx 6 years old). Should this be possible if I purchase a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter, and are there any gotchas I should be aware of?

Any other hints/tips/tricks also gratefully received.
Macbook Pro 15.4" 500GB HDD 2.53GHz i5, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • mbushnell Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Aug 15, 2010 6:49 PM (in response to delphijunkie)
    Running Windows under VM Ware is pretty slow in my experience. It most definitely isn't close to running it natively. Not sure if that matters to you, but I would just use the bootcamp partition to do what you need to do. Since you have MSDN, just go ahead and get Win 7 Ultimate. As long as you have the adapter for the monitor, I don't think it will be a problem. However, you never know until you actually hook it up and give it a whirl.
    13" MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • junkbond Level 3 Level 3 (630 points)
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    Aug 15, 2010 6:49 PM (in response to delphijunkie)
    I used a partition because sometimes I would just prefer to bootup into windows directly instead of using VMWare Fusion (Fusion worked great tho). Bootcamp can add the partition for you without having to reformat the entire drive. Partition is handy because I think the harddrive file systems are different for windows and mac os. If you don't get much response here, try posting in the Bootcamp forums of Apple Discussions.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)
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    Aug 16, 2010 7:52 AM (in response to delphijunkie)
    delphijunkie wrote:
    Thanks for your input. I use VMWare on both Windows and Mac for development, and don't find performance to be a problem, provided the Host OS has plenty of RAM, and you don't allocate too much RAM to the guest OS.

    The reason I favour using Boot Camp as a VM is so I do have the option to run Windows natively, should that be required.


    I use Windows 7 installed in a Boot Camp partition and use that partition from Fusion. It works great and I have the option of accessing from Fusion or booting directly into Windows.
    Macbook Pro 13, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.53GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, BootCamp Win 7 (64 bit)

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