I would very much like to set up a virtual machine on my computer, and/or run a copy of Windows under Apple’s dual boot system ‘boot camp’.
I’ve had a small bit of experience with this, not necessarily all that good (and definitely not on par with the folks who are helping me out on this thread). But here’s a brief ‘outline style’ summary—written this way to hopefully save reading time—but also to paint a realistic picture of where I’ve been and where I’m sitting at now.
fwiw, I did originally start off as a Windows Desktop users, (running 2000, then XP) on a desktop computer I built myself, and still have around today.
Eventually bought a copy of Window 7 Professional, but could NOT install it because my windows desktop hardware didn’t support the newer software.
Picked up a laptop (a Mac), and one day remembered that I still have a copy of Windows 7 laying around.
Buy Parallels, install Win 7 into Parallels,… Activate it,… and I couldn’t be any happier!!.. Truly excited to have, and start learning about virtual machines… and check out a couple of other ‘exotic’ OS systems (… Linux Mint / Debian), out of fun, interest, and to learn just a little bit about them.
Typical experience running Win 7 under Parallels = My laptop would run pretty hot, fans blasting far louder than with any other program. (Over heating not as bad using Debian Linux and Parallels, but at the time didn’t have much of a linux software collection).
A Concurrent Experiment:… promotional software sale… I buy a copy of a Windows program that comes and installs as a ‘Wine’ package directly onto OSX. Don’t even need Parallels to run this one. So I eagerly try it out… and eventually discover that the COPY and PASTE commands don’t work at all inside of the program. Give up on this one, but keep it around for a future experiment and challenge.
Parallels comes out with a new version. I install it to see if the over heating issues continue, and it doesn’t seem to be any better than before.
I try to roll back into my licensed copy of Parallels and I can’t because the trial version overwrites the previously installed version of the program.
Phone call to Parallels company… “How do I get my old version back?” I don’t like the answer I hear.
Start looking into Apple’s boot camp program… I make an ISO image of WIN 7 to install, and…
Soon discover that Apple only supports and provides drivers for the most current version of Windows. which was Win 10 at the time.
A few months ago now, I hear a review about how bad Apple’s support has become for running Windows under it’s boot camp program—and I tend to trust the source I heard this from. Accusation that they limit the driver set to a minimum of what it could be… and even the latest versions of Windows don’t run as well as they could.
End of Background history.
Thank You to everybody, who’s checked in on me. I appreciate it, and I think that this next time I’ll do a little better job at setting up my legacy proof computer.
I’ll be in need of a couple of more virtualization’s than I originally thought… never expected that two were going to be in play here just on the Apple side. But I’ve stayed on the platform long enough now to have actual legacy issues.
In spite of my brief encounter with Parallels, I’m am definitely no expert here. I preformed the minimum number of steps in order to install the the program, and to get Win 7 up and running on it.
There was probably some room for improvement, or a setting to two that could have kept the increased temps down a bit… or, at least I’d like to think so.
I’m pretty close to test driving VMware Fusion, to see how that goes.
Take Care, and Thanks Again,