Apple Boot Camp vs Parallels Desktop
- Apple BootCamp (https://support.apple.com/boot-camp)
- Cost: Apple BootCamp is a FREE utility that is pre-installed on all Macs running Mac OS X. This means the only cost associated with using this option is the cost of the Windows operating system license you plan on installing.
- Technology: Apple BootCamp allows you to run operating systems natively, i.e. giving it access to system resources such as full access to the CPU, Graphics, and all other system resources. This may be crucial for certain tasks that require a lot of system resources. However, this means that you will only be able to boot into one operating system at a time, and cannot utilize both Mac OS X and the other operating system simultaneously.
- Parallels Desktop software (https://www.parallels.com/)
- Cost: Parallels Desktop software for Mac is priced at $79.99 or $49.99 to upgrade from a previous version. You can, however, download and try Parallels for 14 days free of charge through their trial offer.
- Resources: Parallels will allow you to create a virtual machine for your operating system. This will allow you to run the operating system in Windows within Mac OS X, allowing you to essentially run both operating systems simultaneously. With drag and drop action, you can also access folders stored on your Mac and Windows system.
In summary, Parallels shares your system’s resources between your installed version of Mac OS X and Windows. You may experience sluggish performance even if your system meets the system requirements for the software and operating system. This is a better option if you have to work on Mac and Windows simultaneously.
But, if you are planning to utilize all system resources available in your system for better performance of Galaincha, BootCamp is a better option.