New Mac User: Where do I buy Windows 7 for installation on Mac under Parallels?
Posted on 2011-05-07
I just got my son a 27" iMac. I would like him to be able to run Windows 7 on it. I have a couple of questions.
1. It appears that I can run boot camp or parallels. It seems to me that I want to run parallels so I can run windows and osx side by side versus bootcamp which requires that I boot the machine to either win 7 or osx. Is this correct?
2. How stable is parallels for gaming? For example, can I run World of Warcraft, Visual Studio 2010 and MS Office under parallels and if so, is there a significant performance penalty?
3. Probably the most important question is: where do I get a copy of Windows 7? Can I simply go down to the nearest big-box computer / electronics store and buy a shrink-wrapped version of Win 7?
I'm an MSDN member with a Microsoft Action Pack subscription that comes with all sorts of MS tools and applications including Win 7 and Office. Can I install these under parallels?
Can I run Win 7 Ultimate on parallels? How about Win 2008 server R2?
Finaly, can I install both Win 7 and Windows 2008 Server R2 under parallels and have them all run (W7, 2008 and osx) at the same time? This is for testing purposes only so performance is not all that important as I will rarely run all at the same time.