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Sam
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Hi guys,

I understand that BootCamp is something that comes free with Snow Leopard which lets you set up a Windows partition and allows for dual-booting etc.

Is that the best thing to use for that purpose, or should I be using something else - i.e. Parallels Desktop, Sun VirtualBox?

I need to be able to use Windows (would like to use XP or Vista) for website testing purposes - basically just web browsers, Adobe Reader for PDFs, think that's about it really.

Thanks.
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24th May 10 at 12:50   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i also want to know this as my dad wants windows too
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I use bootcamp and have an XP partition. works really well.

just hold down the control key when booting up and then select the disk.

If you just wanna quickly test stuff then might be worth using parallels or something. I've never used those programs so can't really help.
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I use bootcamp, runs pretty well - takes a bit longer to boot than if you were on a pc but once it's running there's no difference. mind you I hardly use windows on here
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I use - http://browsershots.org/

You probablu use something similar yourself, but just thinking it might just save a lot of pissing about.

Always handy to have a windows partition / bootcamp on your mac though I guess.
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sounds silly but my dad has the 24" imac and the only version of windows lying around is 64 bit Windows 7. Do you think this will work?
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quote:
Originally posted by Whittie
I use - http://browsershots.org/

You probablu use something similar yourself, but just thinking it might just save a lot of pissing about.

Always handy to have a windows partition / bootcamp on your mac though I guess.


Too impatient to wait for anything on Browsershots, also won't work for me anyway as I have a LAN webserver which the outside world can't see
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Out of interest, how do you test php forms etc then?
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quote:
Originally posted by jamied
sounds silly but my dad has the 24" imac and the only version of windows lying around is 64 bit Windows 7. Do you think this will work?
Providing it's an Intel based Mac it will work.
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Bootcamp works brilliant. Much faster than Virtual Box.
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quote:
Originally posted by ed
quote:
Originally posted by jamied
sounds silly but my dad has the 24" imac and the only version of windows lying around is 64 bit Windows 7. Do you think this will work?
Providing it's an Intel based Mac it will work.


Bootcamp is x86 sadly
ed
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Oops, missed the x64 bit.
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64 bit 7 works fine.
jamied
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Update.
I used bootcamp to install 32bit windows 7 enterprise. Was very easy and installed in no time. really is excellent and had not one problem with any device drivers. Speedwise is perfect. Cant recommend it enough really. Best of both worlds. Activation was a bit of a bastard but use slic activator and eventually worked.
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I installed Windows 7 using bootcamp and then installed VMWare Fusion within OSX. From that I can access the Windows 7 Partition and boot into it like a virtual machine and I sometimes run it in what's called Unity Mode, which allows you to launch programs (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, IE) directly within OSX.

I would definitely recommend it as it means you dont have to power down your instance of OSX and you can run them side by side.
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If it's just for testing then go down the virtualised route, eg: VMWare/Parallels, save you having to keep booting between Windows and OSX. Obviously bootcamp if you're going to be doing anything demanding (gaming etc).
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quote:
Originally posted by Whittie
Out of interest, how do you test php forms etc then?


My local webserver has PHP installed on it.
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quote:
Originally posted by Dom
If it's just for testing then go down the virtualised route, eg: VMWare/Parallels, save you having to keep booting between Windows and OSX. Obviously bootcamp if you're going to be doing anything demanding (gaming etc).


JohnnyR's set up sounds good though (i.e. installing Windows to a separate partition using BootCamp, then accessing it with VMWare within OS X) - especially the Unity mode thing - but if I'm running resource hogs like Photoshop for example in OS X, would that not severely affect the performance of Windows in the virtual box?
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I've only got 2GB of RAM, I assigned 512mb to the Windows machine in VMWare, which as you probably know is more than enough to boot with and launch programs such as browsers.

Check it out free for 30 days, http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/
ed
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Do you get full Magic Mouse support in Windows? I.E. can you configure right click?
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quote:
Originally posted by JohnnyR
I installed Windows 7 using bootcamp and then installed VMWare Fusion within OSX. From that I can access the Windows 7 Partition and boot into it like a virtual machine and I sometimes run it in what's called Unity Mode, which allows you to launch programs (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, IE) directly within OSX.

I would definitely recommend it as it means you dont have to power down your instance of OSX and you can run them side by side.



thanks for this, works brill

 
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