For many Mac users who occasionally need to run Windows applications, virtualization solutions like Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, and VirtualBox are often the best way to do so. You take a definite performance hit with virtualization programs, but for most people the ability to run the applications they need without rebooting is more than convenient enough to make up for such shortcomings.

There is one exception: gaming. 3D performance is either much-reduced by virtualization or (in the case of VirtualBox) completely non-existent, and given that most Macs don’t have top-shelf graphics processors to begin with, there’s simply no substitute for running Windows on bare metal, as they say.

This means using Boot Camp to install Windows on your Mac as you would to any PC, and that means relying on Apple’s Windows drivers to get everything working properly. The issue is that Apple doesn’t exactly prioritize Windows driver updates, and this is doubly true when a new version of Windows is concerned: Boot Camp support for Windows 7 trailed general availability by about three months, and the song remains the same for Windows 8.

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