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There are several ways to run MS Windows on a Mac.|
1. Boot Camp from Apple - Create a separate partition on the hard disk for Windows and with dual boot you can boot as windows or Mac, but only one at a time.
2. A virtual machine like Parallels and VMWare Fusion allow you to run windows at the same time you are running OS X.
In either case you need to purchase a copy of Windows.
At Performance: Boot Camp VM vs Imported VM? - Parallels Forums they say,
So I set up a new Win7 in a VM using a virtual HDD. This one feels way faster and also boots up way faster. But I am not finished yet installing the same programs etc. to have a compare - able system for testing.
Bootcamp vs. Parallels - NewTek Discussions sys, "The main disadvantage of virtualization is of course speed. even if you let the emulation use all cores of your mac, it is about 20-40% slower than a native running windows environment on the same machine."
Boot Camp: Install:
The install does not work very well:
Run Applications/utilities/Boot Camp Assistant Don't check "Download WIndows Support Software" you will just get an error message. Instead insert your Mac OS X Install DVD Drag the slider to set the disk partition size: Windows 7 20 GB Applications 10 GB Spare 10 GB Total w/o games 40 GB Games 20 GB Total w/ games 60 GBAfter creating the Windows disk partition it shut down When I restarted a small rectangle appeared in the upper left and the machine hung. The small rectangle meant it was trying to boot from the Windows Partition, but windows wasn't installed yet.
I tried again and it said there was no boot disk. It booted on the 3rd try. Insert Snow Leopard dvd and run setup.exe boot Camp x64 is unsupported on this computer mac forum says you need bootcamp 3.2 When you try to install 3.2 it says 3.1 is required first even after downloading and installing 3.1 I get the same messageSee how to do it at:
or hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20100314110323777 (older version)
Keyboard map (Set with Keyboard in Preferences) Mac Windows Cmd Win Ctr+Alt+Insert Ctrl+Alt+DeleteParallels Performance:
I ran Windows Experience Index on Windows 7 in Boot Camp and with Parallels 7 on a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 13" Macbook with 4 GB of ram.
The values in parallels were about 75-80% of those in Boot Camp (Windows running by itself), however primary HD was faster.
Me Others: MBP 2.2GHz 8Gb | iMac 4QC 4x4Gb Parallels Bootcamp parallels Bootcamp Monitors 1 2 1 2 Processor 4.5 4.5 6.0 6.0 5.5 7.6 Memory 4.5 4.5 5.9 5.9 7.7 7.6 Graphics 4.9 4.9 5.2 5.0 5.9 7.6 Gaming 4.4 4.4 5.5 5.5 5.6 7.6 Primary HD 6.9 6.9 5.3 5.3 6.0 6.9 The people with more memory were getting better performance so I increased the memory allocated to parallels from 1GB to 1.5 GB but it didn't make any difference.A comment at: - Parallels Forums Don't place too much confidence in the Windows Experience Index. As the measurements are themselves virtualized they don't mean too much.
Post your Windows Experience Index score for Windows 7- MacRumors Forums
Using Boot Camp Partition in Virtual Machine
Performance: Boot Camp VM vs Imported VM? - Parallels Forums