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Running windows on a mac? (Vmware possibly?)

Discussion in 'Software' started by Juelz, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

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    I have purchased a macbook pro and will want to run windows on the system, I have researched and I am quite lost on my options, I believe there's something called "bootcamp" and another called "parallel" which gives the ability to decide whether to boot windows or mac OS on startup, this isn't really what I want tbh so I'm thinking more VMware.. as I know what I'm doing and its easy to get started with it; I use VMware workstation 11 totally free as its a free version available on the VMware website, and I am able to run various Windows operating systems using it. I am not sure whether I am just not seeing it but am I right in thinking theres no free version for the mac where I can just run Windows in a VM? if you know of any alternatives or can offer me some advice that would be great, remember free is good :)
     
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    Is there not a version of Vmware fusion for free, like Vmware player is?

    To be honest I have the Windows VM set up but prefer to remote onto my main machine, why, because the VM can be laggy, and that is with it being updated etc.

    I know its more cost but I love it, I can flick over with the swipe of my magic mouse and im remoting on, or if I need to do mac stuff, i flick back over in an instant

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  3. Juelz

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    Theres a cost to remote in??? Curious to what this cost could be?
     
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    When you say a cost to remote in, what do you mean exactly?

    The physical machine or the software to do it. Microsoft remote desktop is free?
     
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  5. Juelz

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    I maybe misunderstanding your previous statement, when you said "I know its more cost but I love it, I can flick over with the swipe of my magic mouse and im remoting on, or if I need to do mac stuff, i flick back over in an instant" what were you referring to?
     
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    What about VirtualBox?
    I have Windows 10 on my Mac at work but use Virtualbox.

    Does the job comfortably.
     
  7. zxspectrum

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    Well I have a physical windows PC, which I remote to. Running VMware fusion with win7 or 10 is very laggy even though the mac is high spec

    I spose it costs more to run and there is the cost of the machine, if that explains it
     
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  8. Juelz

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    really? any negatives you've experienced doing this?
     
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    Not really mate to be honest. Only issue I have is the Keyboard layout but Beggars cant be choosers and all that.
    Its only really used for testing but I haven't seen any serious problems. Been running it about a month.
     
  10. BB88

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    Bootcamp has come a long way and is much better with Windows 10, but if you don't fancy dual-booting and want something free, I've always liked Oracle VM VirtualBox. Parallels or VMWare Fusion can add up.

    I run native Mac OS and can do what I want comfortably for administering Wintel environments. I guess it depends on your workload and what you are trying to achieve.

    On a side note, since you've gone for a MacBook Pro I'm assuming you've got the Retina model. Windows scales this horribly on the Mac hardware. Just food for thought.
     
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  11. Juelz

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    As far as I am aware VMware Fusion and Parallels are not free, though I'm getting the impression I am wrong so I may have to look into this again as I did look online a few days ago and they were not free.. I don't have the retina version as I just wanted something cheap (although this wasn't much cheaper) I am liking the mac, its going to take sometime getting used to it though.
     
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  12. Juelz

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    Thought I'd update you guys, I'm going to go with parallels I have tested it (infact I'm using it right now to type) and I think its really good, I found that I can get it for under 40 quid on Amazon.
     
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    Since when was a macbook pro cheap ? :blink
     
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    well when it comes to mac prices are limited, the non retina option is the cheapest.
     
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    Yes it's quite a bit cheaper here in Australia, but the hardware on it is a bit dated now. They're due a refresh soon. The Mac hardware does tend to last a while too.
     
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    virtualbox is a good alternative and it's totally free.
     

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