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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:38 PM   #1
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Apple Drops Windows 7 Boot Camp Support in New Mac Pro




Apple's Mac Pro only supports installations of Windows 8 or later with Boot Camp, according to an updated Apple Support document that lists versions of Windows compatible with the 2013 Mac Pro.

Boot Camp Assistant on the Mac Pro also specifies that it only includes support for Windows 8 or later, as evidenced in a screenshot from Twocanoes Software (via MacWindows) indicating that users are not able to install earlier versions of Windows. The 2013 Mac Pro is the first Mac that does not include support for Windows 7 with Boot Camp 5.

It is unclear why Apple has chosen to drop support for Windows 7 on the Mac Pro, but it could be a sign that the company intends to discontinue support for the operating system in future Macs given its advanced age.

This decision may not sit well with users, as Windows 8, released in 2012, has not been particularly popular. As of this month, Windows 8 and 8.1 only represented 10.68 percent of total worldwide OS market share, while Windows 7 represented 47.31 percent. Combined, Windows is installed on 90.84 percent of the world's computers.

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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:39 PM   #2
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Nothing like removing the competition :-)
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:40 PM   #3
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That's a shame.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:40 PM   #4
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I hope they don't drop support for Windows 8! It's SOOO AWESOME!
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:40 PM   #5
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Apple really needs to update Windows 8.1 drivers for the 2012 iMac's, there's still no proper support for my iMac with 675MX, I always get BSOD because of the nvidia audio driver, so had to use Windows 7 for now..
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:40 PM   #6
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Even as a Windows fan, I wouldn't use Windows 8 if they paid me. It's a shame that Apple's dropping Windows 7 now, as this likely means future MacBooks won't support it either.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:41 PM   #7
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It is unclear why Apple has chosen to drop support for Windows 7 on the Mac Pro, but it could be a sign that the company intends to discontinue support for the operating system in future Macs given its advanced age.
Advanced age? I guess in Apple terms it is. Windows 7 came out in the Summer of 2009. Same age as Snow Leopard. Windows 7 still seems like the only option for Windows OS'es though. XP is too old. Vista... is Vista. Windows 8 is a nightmare.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:41 PM   #8
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Care to explain Apple? Seriously people don't drop $3,000+ on computers so you can weed out the features you're too lazy to support. This pisses me off.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:42 PM   #9
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Not a big deal. It's still the same PC game whether it's on Windows 7 or Windows 8. That's the only reason people bootcamp isn't it, for PC games?
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:42 PM   #10
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Only on the Mac Pro? If so, it might not be a big deal.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:42 PM   #11
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Not great, but not necessarily the end of the world.
They dropped the MP1,1 from 10.8 and 10.9 and I'm using one of them now. They didn't support Win7 with the 1,1 either and guess what, I run it in Parallels if I want to do something quickly and boot to it natively if I intend being there for a while.
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"Windows 7"

"Given it's advanced age"

LOL....
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:43 PM   #13
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um why? Its the least sucky windows? oh well i use parallels when i absolutely need to anyways.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:43 PM   #14
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I guess their thinking is: if you can't run 10.6 on a new Mac Pro, why should you be able to run a similarly old Windows OS...
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:45 PM   #15
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It is unclear why Apple has chosen to drop support for Windows 7 on the Mac Pro, but it could be a sign that the company intends to discontinue support for the operating system in future Macs given its advanced age.
Wait, Windows 7 was released in 2009. A five year old OS may be of "advanced age" when compared to how OS X is iterated; but in the Windows realm, five years old is still a young OS. Hell, XP was released in 2001 and is just now seeing its end of life -- 13 years later.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:47 PM   #16
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Thats how Apple roll I guess, in Apple OS world 5 years is a long time,
But in Windows year, 5 years is still young.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:50 PM   #17
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Well, Apple just threw a big bone to the folks over at VMware and Parallels. Those two companies have to love this news.
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It is unclear why Apple has chosen to drop support for Windows 7 on the Mac Pro, but it could be a sign that the company intends to discontinue support for the operating system in future Macs given its advanced age.
Just because Windows 7 is middle-aged doesn't mean we need to start putting it in hospice care.

It probably has to do with driver development and the fact that most OEM component manufacturers are starting to target Windows 8 more now, as you can't get a new computer with Windows 7 anymore unless you are getting it through a corporate purchase agreement.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:51 PM   #19
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I don't think Apple understands how Microsoft works. They make ONE good OS every 5 or 6 years.

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Let's see use Windows 8 or Don't use Windows at All... Is this some type of plan to make us only use OS X?

Little Side note, I had the choice between Windows 7 or 8 for my Mac over the summer. I chose 7.

Wait, just looked. Microsoft is expanding Windows 7 support till 2020, Why is apple so "out with the old"?
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:52 PM   #20
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Seems a tad premature.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:54 PM   #21
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From Apples standpoint it makes sense to not devote resources to many Windows versions. But if you don't support Windows 7, I don't understand why you would support any Windows at all? Its the most used version right now as others have stated.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:55 PM   #22
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And this does not affect the old MacPros, right? So when 10.10 rolls out, they're not going to screw over existing bootcamp volumes on, say, a MacPro 3,1?
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Just because Windows 7 is middle-aged doesn't mean we need to start putting it in hospice care.

It probably has to do with driver development and the fact that most OEM component manufacturers are starting to target Windows 8 more now, as you can't get a new computer with Windows 7 anymore unless you are getting it through a corporate purchase agreement.
Actually windows 7 computers are still being sold, HP recently brought back windows 7 due to 'popular demand'

http://www.pcworld.com/article/20894...ar-demand.html
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Well, since they won't even support Mountain Lion, this doesn't surprise me.
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