Can I run OS X from in­side Win­dows?

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Q I’ve been run­ning Win­dows 7 on my 2012 iMac us­ing Par­al­lels Desk­top for some time now and I have found it gen­er­ally quite sat­is­fac­tory. How­ever, more and more I find that the most de­mand­ing ap­pli­ca­tions that I want to run are in Win­dows, and my un­der­stand­ing is that Par­al­lels nec­es­sar­ily in­volves some slow­down for the Win­dows com­po­nent. Since I mostly use the Mac side of things for un­de­mand­ing things like email and the web, can I switch my iMac over, so that it nor­mally starts in Win­dows and uses Par­al­lels for the Mac apps? Is this even pos­si­ble? Martin Jen­ner A At this point, we might rea­son­ably won­der whether you ac­tu­ally want to run OS X at all, but let’s not peer un­der that par­tic­u­lar rock just now. You are right that vir­tu­alised op­er­at­ing sys­tems us­ing soft­ware such as Par­al­lels Desk­top or VMware Fu­sion al­ways in­volve a per­for­mance penalty. But rather than swap­ping from one vir­tu­alised OS to the other, why not boot both of them na­tively? Boot Camp is built into OS X and al­lows you to in­stall each OS in its own par­ti­tion on your hard drive. To switch be­tween them you sim­ply hold down å while you restart and pick the vol­ume for the op­er­at­ing sys­tem you want to use. From that point, the sys­tem starts nor­mally as if it’s the only one in­stalled on the iMac. Us­ing Boot Camp will give you much bet­ter per­for­mance, but the dis­ad­van­tage is that you can’t run Win­dows and OS X apps at the same time on the desk­top.

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