Windows 7 on Mac

Well we are about to take a trip and bring Macs and want to play some games, so time to figure out the story with running Windows on Macs. While we are at it might as well try to run Windows 7 64-bit on Mac via Base Camp. There is lots of junk on the Internet about this, but the key sites are:

  • VirtualBox is a free virtual machine from Sun. This let’s you run Windows 7 in a virtual machine on hardware. Trying it now.
  • Basecamp. A little harder to find, this is Apple’s page. Basically a fully upgraded Mac OS X Snow Leopard should have Base Camp 3.0 loaded. This can run Windows 7 installation, although it only talks about Vista. You just start Base Camp Assistant from Mac, create 32GB partition and away you go. This is nice because it is totally native and fast on say MacBook hardware. It is confusing because it only talks about Vista. There is another download called Basecamp 3.1 for 32- and 64-bit Windows which is really the new Windows drivers appropriate for Mac hardware.
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