using mac and windows together

macOS & Mac Apps

So I bootcamped my MacBook a few months ago, thinking I'd use it as a backup just in case my windows breaks. And my windows broke, so now I'm using the MacBook as both a mac and windows. The thing is, I'm finding I love this arrangement! I love having windows and mac on one unit.
Here's my question: is there something I can use to switch between windows and mac without having to reboot the system every time? I'm thinking that when my windows comes back from warrantee servicing, I might just sell it and switch to this new system.



Submitted by Teresa blaes on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hey there. I believe there is something, but for the life of me, the name of the program excapes me But I know I've heard of a program that can be used with out having to reboot

Submitted by Carter Temm on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I don't know if this could be a possible solution, but there is always VMWare fusion. There's a feature that lets you make your bootcamp drive mount as a virtual machine, allowing you to do whatever you normally would, just running along side mac OS.

Submitted by Clare Page on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I don't use a Mac myself, but I'm pretty sure the program you're probably thinking of is VMWare Fusion. Over the years I've known several Mac users who use this program, which allows you to change from Mac to Windows, or the other way of course, without rebooting the computer. I can't answer any more questions about it, though, i'll leave that to people with more knowledge than me.

Submitted by Carter Temm on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Well, maybe not exactly what your thinking of. You can "use" bootcamp, but this is not at all a substitution to rebooting, as this uses the same system resources.

Submitted by Brandt on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hi there

I decided to go another route altogether.

I am running windows in VMware Fusion only, for several reasons.

1. the windows will only take as much disk space as it actually needs. whereas if you running boot camp, you have to dedicate a partition specifically for that, and macOS cannot use it at all.

2. when you do Time Machine backups, your windows will be backed up right alongside the Mac. Thus, if something breaks, and something eventually will, after restoring, you have your Mac back, as well as your Windows.

3. You can easily copy stuff between macOS and Windows when running them concurrently, something not as easily done when you have a boot camp partition.

4. you can use the app, in the environment that works best for your needs. For example, I prefer Apple Mail, but chicken nugget in windows for Twitter. I prefer Microsoft Word for Word processing and iTunes for Mac for listening to music and syncing my iPhone and iPad.

There is a bad side to this setup however. If you do not have the memory [RAM] required, your system will be very laggy. Minimum RAM recommended is 8 GB.