Question about Windows on MAC

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Jnardis, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    First, is it as easy as everyone says it is? I just got the new iMac and I'm a little worried about screwing it up?

    Second, what happens if you get a virus on the windows side of the computer? Does it at all effect the Mac side?

    Third, if I partition the hard drive to have Windows, is there a way to go back to full Mac? If so, is it hard to do?
     
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    balamw

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    First. Don't worry it's easy. Here's Apple's documentation for Boot Camp http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/Boot_Camp_Install-Setup_10.6.pdf a virtual machine install would be even easier. We're here to help.

    Second. Generally, nothing. Without third party software Windows can't modify anything on the OS X side.

    Third. See the guide I linked. Boot Camp Assistant can partition your drive and remove it later.

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  3. macrumors member

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    I share the same opinion:

    1) Yes it is.

    2) I've yet to hear of such a situation.

    3) It's easier than the install.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Grannyville7989

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    Regarding getting a virus on Windows that could potentially infect the Mac partition, as long as you have a decent antivirus installed and you don't do any silly when browsing the internet and installing applications, you should be fine.

    Other than that, I have never heard of a situation that a virus could jump from the Windows and infect that Mac.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks so much! I really appreciate the quick responses. I'm going to try to do it tonight so I'm sure you'll be hearing from me again. LOL
     
  6. macrumors 65816

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    Also install windows defender if you're installing XP. Defender is included in vista and windows 7 by default.
     

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