BootCamp vs Parallels

Now, if you want to run Windows 10 on your Mac, there are two popular options: BootCamp and Parallels. What is the difference between BootCamp and Parallels? Which is better? See the comparisons between BootCamp and Parallels below.

Apple has created BootCamp in order to make it easier for Mac users to install Windows operating systems alongside macOS in their devices. It is a built-in feature in macOS; in other words, it is a free feature. It is very easy and simple to use. It will guide you through a step-by-step process to make a separate partition in the hard drive for the Windows operating system. After the installation is complete, your computer will restart. From now on, whenever you turn on your computer, you will be asked to select the operating system to run. So, in order to switch from Windows 10 to macOS, or vice versa, you will have to reboot the device.

BootCamp is great not only because it is free. Since it came directly from Apple, you will be able to receive updates easily – also for free. If a new operating system version comes up, it will be updated to provide the necessary support. Also, it only allows one operating system to run at a time, ensuring that the currently running OS can run smoothly.

However, BootCamp is more of a partitioning and installation tool. It is not a virtual machine. You can’t run multiple operating systems to run simultaneously, and there is no easy way to transfer files between the operating systems (you may need to use emails, a cloud service, or a flash drive).

Parallels needs to be purchased and installed by yourself. For non-technical users, Parallels may seem a little bit more complex. Parallels is actually a virtual machine software application. It will also guide you through the installation process of the Windows operating system. But you will be able to change the storage allocation after the installation.

The Windows operating system will run in a ‘virtual machine’ inside your macOS. It appears to operate in a window, but you can full-size this window. You can have both the Windows OS and the macOS running simultaneously, so that file sharing and OS switching become very quick and easy. You can even link the desktops so that any document created in one system will be automatically copied to the other system.

However, running two (or more) operating systems simultaneously basically splits your computer’s memory and processing power. You can adjust how much storage, memory, and processing power to allocate to the virtual machines, but it will still put quite a strain to your computer’s performance. Make sure that your computer has enough RAM and a capable processor.

Unfortunately, updates on Parallels are not easy. If you update your macOS, you will have to upgrade Parallels too. And that costs some money. But upgrading the Parallels version to make it compatible with your current macOS version will not require you to install the Windows operating system.

- Free, built-in feature of macOS with free updates- Paid software with paid updates
- A tool for installing another operating system in your Mac- A virtual machine software application that installs other OS in virtual machines inside the macOS
- Only one OS can run at a time- You can make multiple OS run simultaneously
- Difficult file sharing - Seamless file integration
- Does not need high system requirements- Requires high system requirements to run multiple OS

BootCamp and Parallels are two different things. BootCamp is easier to use. It is a tool to help you install another operating system in your Mac. It only allows one operating system to run at a time, and there’s no easy way to share files between the operating systems. However, it is a free built-in tool in macOS, and it can receive free updates. On the other hand, Parallels is a virtual machine software application, which will install other operating systems in virtual machines inside the macOS. Parallels allows multiple operating systems running simultaneously and makes file integration very easy. However, Parallels needs to be purchased and the updates also cost money – not efficient if you plan to regularly update your macOS.

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