Can I use boot camp to run windows 7 on my macbook pro and display it on my iMac?

I need to run windows instead of OSX, mostly because of the windows specific apps that I am stuck with.
But I would like to use a thunderbolt cable to pipe the display onto my 23" iMac screen.
So either I buy a PC laptop and some HDMI to thunderbolt electronics, or a Macbook pro and dual boot in Windows 7.

Firstly, is this even possible and which is the better option?
Secondly, does my iMac need to be on for me to do this?

3 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Yes you can use your macbook pro with your imac display using a thunderbolt port or mini display port. because Thunderbolt is based on DisplayPort technology, the video standard for high-resolution displays, any Mini DisplayPort display plugs right into the Thunderbolt port. To connect a DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, or VGA display, just use an existing adapter.

    Dual boot on macbook pro using bootcamp is a great idea. I have been using windows 7 and 8 on my macbook pro (early 2012 version) and windows runs and performs great on my mac. Also bootcamp will allow you to use your macbook pro's trackpad and the keyboard functions (like multimedia and brightness buttons).

    • Answered by Md Sharifur R from Woodside
    • 10 22, 12
  • Don't dual boot, just use VMARE Fusion on the iMac and/or MacBook to run the Windows applications within OS-X. After having used Parallels for a couple years I discovered Fusion provides a lot better performance and transparent integration. It also has the advantage of running a Windows virtual machine much better within OS-X in addition to Windows applications.

    Depending on which model iMac you have, you might be able to use Target Display Mode to use the iMac as a monitor for another device.

    support . apple . com /kb/TS3775
    support . apple . com /kb/PH4469

    If you are using a PC, Startech makes the type of adapters and cables you would need to perform the same task.

    • Answered by Joseph K from Austin
    • 10 25, 12
  • Yes you can, you just have to change the operative from startup. To use a thunderbolt display, you would need to have win 7 on boot camp.

    Boot camp is better, and then a spending money on a PC, and a Macbook pro is much more supported with a iMac then a pc.

    • Answered by Samad G
    • 10 22, 12