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    Virtual PC on MBP
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    Virtual PC on MBP
    Hey guys, I need some help.
    I have a new MBP 13', and I just updated to LION!
    Now, I want to install XP for some applications I use from time to time.

    Now, there are two options:
    Boot Camp and Permanent Xp
    Virtual PC and XP

    Now, I am not very okay about the idea to install xp via bootcamp, as I don't really want to clog my mac with Windows. Installing XP on a separate partition should not have any impact on my Mac experience theoretically, but does it have? I don't wanna ruin my Mac Experience

    Second option, which I think would be better as the frequency of using them XP apps, is very less so I won't have any problem with virtualization.

    That would be it, suggest what should I go for, and which program for virtual pc, and how to set it up.

    Thank you.

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    Virtual PC on MBP

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    I have a bootcamped windows partition on my mac and it doesn't affect the mac side at all, so that'd be a good way to go. That said, I think bootcamp is the best way to go since you probably only have 4gb of RAM. When you virtualize, you need a lot of RAM to ensure you don't lose performance. If you don't anticipate using it all that often, then I'd say bootcamp is your best bet as it keeps Mac and Windows separate. Also, even if you bootcamp, you can always install parallels which allows you to boot the windows side virtually anyway, so it's a good solution all around.

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    Installing windows on a second partition just makes your hard drive smaller to OS X.

    VMware Fusion and Parallels both work well. I haven't used Virtualbox, so I can't comment at all on it. FWIW I have a Fusion installation on this machine, and an XP virtual machine.. I haven't used it in over a year.
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    VirtualBox should work if you don't have intensive needs (this actually goes for all VM products but perhaps more so for VBox). Note that 3D support in VM products is limited so if you depend on access to the video card to do anything 3D, you'd be better off using BootCamp.
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    Would Wine or the commercial product serve your needs?

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    Okay, I just want to run Tally version 7.2, from time to time. So bootcamp is a no for me, because I don't want to permanently reduce my hard drive space. Tally is a very light program, so ram and processing power is no issue at ALL! Let alone 3-d lol! That software was launched before 3d
    So, Virtualbox or Parallels anything would do right?

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    Should work beautifully.

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    Not sure if you saw this, but I highly recommend you have a look at this thread:

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/run...ers-guide.html
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