MacMost Now 371: Running Windows On Your Mac

You can run Windows on your Mac using either Boot Camp, a virtualization solution like Parallels, VMWare Fusion or VirtualBox, or a Win32 API solution like Wine to run individual applications. See the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Comments: 16 Responses to “MacMost Now 371: Running Windows On Your Mac”

    Ken
    9 years ago

    Gary is there a particular reason why you choose Parallels vs Fusion etc…? I don’t have any good reason why I am running fusion except our work has server farms on VMWare ESX.

      9 years ago

      I think that the competition between the two has been great, which makes them both excellent products. I bought Parallels way back when it first came out, and I think it beat Fusion to market slightly, perhaps. I can’t remember. But if I had to purchase again, it would be tough to choose.

    Brian
    9 years ago

    I chose to run Windows 7 (Professional x64) via Boot Camp. I don’t mind rebooting (at all). I’d rather go for performance than anything else. Both Parallels and VMware Fusion are great, but slow (the whole virtualization thing). I remember using both of them to run my actual Boot Camp partition inside of OS X, and it somehow made Windows EXTREMELY slow when booting into it natively. While it was convenient, I don’t want anything running slow. So, I’m never going to use virtualization products again.

      9 years ago

      Maybe this is because you are trying to run 64-bit Windows? I use 32-bit Windows and don’t notice much of a speed difference between Parallels and rebooting. Of course I’ve got 8 cores in my Mac Pro, and can dedicate 2 to Windows on Parallels, so…

    S. Jobber
    9 years ago

    Is there an advantage to running 32 bit Windows 7, even though my Mac will support 64 bit windows.

      9 years ago

      I don’t know. You’d need to ask a Windows expert. I check things on iE8, mostly. But I also play some games with it. I get perfect performance from new games with 32bit Windows Vista, so I don’t see the need to play around with 64bit.

    Ken
    9 years ago

    I have tried 64 bit Windows 7 and it was super slow. However 32 bit Windows 7 was blazing. I have a Mid June 09 Macbook Pro. 3.06

    DJ
    8 years ago

    I realize this is an old episode at this point, but I have been watching them all. I thought you could have added that another option (which I have used) is to get a very inexpensive PC (or maybe a net-book) and run Windows on it, and use Remote Desktop to access that system, which would then be anywhere on the network (like in the basement with my server).

    DJ

    Horbita
    8 years ago

    Hi Gary, my computer knowledge is I’d say above average. I am a recent convert to the Mac and what I am trying to figure out is what sort of careers I can do using the Mac. What type of software I should learn, classes I should take, etc. I know I am being a bit vague but I kind of don’t know where to start. So any tips would be helpful. Also, would you ever consider making a video about “Careers using the Mac”? I really would appreciate your a dice. Thanks!

      8 years ago

      That is a tough one to answer. I don’t think there is an answer — what type of computer you own really shouldn’t affect which career you have.

    Naomi B.
    8 years ago

    Parallel Desktop

    I have used this for 2 years (not on Lion yet) but on 1-.6.8. I’m still having problems printing under my Windows 7 emulator. It will not send to my HP950. Only if I unplug my HP and restart Parallels will it recognize it. At this point, I send the file over my LAN to another HP printer under Parallels Devices to remote print. If I try to go between Parallels and some Mac program, the local printer gets messed up. Any answers?

    Eric G
    7 years ago

    Hi Gary – I have a Macbook Pro from my employer running Snow Leopard and it has Windows XP running on Fusion3. I want to upgrade to Lion but I’m worried that I’ll lose the Windows information. The ITS staff at work doesn’t know the answer so I figured I would check with the expert (you). Any thoughts? Thank you in advance!

      7 years ago

      I dont see why upgrading to Lion will cause you to lose your Windows partition created by VMWare Fusion. Check the VMWare Fusion site, but of course I’m sure their app is completely compatible with Lion and an update from SL to Lion will not do anything to its documents (the Windows XP partition). I know Windows XP does not work with Boot Camp in Lion (requires Windows 7) but that is a completely different thing from Fusion.

    Geoff Raymond
    7 years ago

    Hi Gary, love your series thanks for great tutorials. I have MB pro with Lion 10.7 and would like to bootcamp with Windows XP, is that possible or do I have to use windows 7? Thanks again.

    Sayed Ali Khan
    7 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    You’r tutorials is very nice ,

    Thanks a lot

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