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We offer two different methods to install Windows on your Mac. Let us know how you plan to use your computer and we'll help choose the best method for you.
1. Boot Camp (included with OS X)
Apple's Boot Camp allows you to "boot" into the Macintosh or Windows operating system when you start-up the computer.
Pros: This is the fastest method to run Windows with the best performance for applications that require a lot of memory (RAM) and fast processing. Applications requiring accelerated 3D graphics (OpenGL & DirectX) are also supported so this is the best method for video games. Plus this is the only method that supports FireWire devices.
Cons: Rebooting every time you need Windows takes extra time. Boot Camp requires partitioning (dividing) your computer's hard drive into a Mac and Windows side. You have to choose your partition sizes carefully because they cannot be changed without erasing your entire hard drive and reinstalling everything. You cannot share files between the Windows & Mac side of your computer easily. Finally, this requires a Windows-based method of backing up your Windows data.
2. Virtualization Software: Parallels Desktop & VMWare Fusion (add about €70)
Virtualization software allows you to run Windows and Mac OS X at the same time by virtually splitting your computer in two (instead of actually splitting your computer in two with Boot Camp). Parallels and VMWare are in a constant battle to provide the fastest operating speeds and best features. You can read about the latest available versions on the Parallels and VMWare websites.
Pros: No rebooting required. Windows programs can run side-by-side with your Mac applications. You can easily copy/paste text and files between the operating systems. You can expand and contract the size of the Windows installation as you go (instead of being stuck with permanent partition sizes.) Parallels & VMWare include a built-in Windows backup method called snapshots. You can also run a large variety of other Windows and Linux operating systems.
Cons: Running two operating systems at once will slow you down so you'll need a fairly well equipped Mac or some patience. Hit and miss support for accelerated 3D graphics (DirectX, OpenGL) means that some programs and many games simply won't run using this method. You cannot use any FireWire devices.
The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011