Running only Windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ShadowX22, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. ShadowX22 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I recently bought a MacBook, and was wondering if it's possible to completely remove OSX and just have Windows on it. Is this possible at all? Or is the best I can do is run Boot Camp and have both OS'?
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    You definitely can elimintate OS X and boot only Windows from the internal drive. Once the Boot Camp compatible firmware installed, you can boot XP and install it as if you were on a plain vanilla PC.

    If you so choose you can also still boot OS X from an external drive.

    The real question is why would you even consider such a thing.

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  3. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    yeah. what twisted reasoning would one use to convince oneself that any windows os is better than OSX and that such reasoning would lead one to completely remove OSX?
     
  4. AnthonyKinyon macrumors regular

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    Also

    Bear in mind if Apple releases firmware updates for the machine in the future, it will require OS X to install them, not Windows, but do what you like. :)
     
  5. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    That's why you keep an OS X install maintained on a USB/FW drive.

    Who cares if someone's running Windows or OS X full time on their Mac. Apple makes nice profit from the sale of the computer, and that's 1 less person to support for OS X software issues. :)
     
  6. sulhaq macrumors regular

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    Why would you even want to do that. Wouldn't that completely defeat the purpose of buying a MAC in the first place? I mean if you just want windows then why not buy a Dell Latitude or something similar and save a lot of money while at the same time getting a dedicated graphics card?
     
  7. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    I concur with what everybody else is saying!

    There is little or no point in buying a mac just to run windows. You have to agree that it isn't what the hardware is designed to do; firmware updates could cause you problems etc etc.

    You should give the Mac OS a try - it's highly advanced and to quote a keynote (which one?) it leaves XP in the Dust.

    My final comment is this: You want a mac because of the hardware right - it's sleek profile? Consider an OS just like this. I'll give you a clue; it 'aint Windows.
     
  8. risc macrumors 68030

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    Is it NetBSD?
     
  9. reflex macrumors 6502a

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    BeOS? :D
     
  10. grabberslasher macrumors 6502

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    BeOS does not boot on Intel Macs. Any version, including Zeta :p
     
  11. risc macrumors 68030

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    So it is NetBSD! I knew it!
     
  12. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    Guess what finger I'm holding up! :D
     
  13. AnthonyKinyon macrumors regular

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    The reason Windows users buy Macs to run Windows

    I have talked to many Windows die hard users/fans who say/admit that Macs are built on superior hardware. They have little or no interest in changing their OS, but that's their choice. Maybe they'll someday try OS X. :)
     
  14. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    apple's hardware is designed to be integrated seamlessly with apple's software. bootcamp, through my experiences, does not give you the same experience as using apple software on an apple machine. but maybe people have other experiences or don't care that it's not 100% seamless. i just can't fathom why you would want to completely get rid of the OSX partition.
     
  15. iCeQuBe macrumors regular

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    I would think that BeOS would boot if windows does. I used BeOS on an Intel just fine. So what would be the difference between booting windows or BeOS?
     
  16. AnthonyKinyon macrumors regular

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    Don't forget Linux

    Or Linux perhaps. I know people have gotten Linux working by using it in a "dual boot" with Windows via Boot Camp (thus the computer was actually a tripple boot machine - OS X, Windows, Linux).
     
  17. CoMpX macrumors 65816

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    I'm going to have to go with a car analogy in this case.

    Buying a MAc and using it for only Windows would be like buying a Ferrari and installing a Kia engine in it.
     
  18. glassbathroom macrumors 6502

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    I think you are being a little harsh. There are people out there that prefer to run windows all the time. Please note - I am not one of them!

    Apple hardware is beautiful and powerful (regardless of OS). I can understand one of the people above buying a new MacBook Pro and installing windows. This way of running windows is probably a bit more expensive than the alternatives, but still viable.

    I do believe that many people are buying Macs with the intention of doing the above, but then find that they fall in love with OSX and join me in a hybrid world of half OSX, half Windows.
     
  19. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    When you think about it, there is no PC available out there that looks like a Macbook, or an iMac, or a MacMini. While most people buy Macs to run MacOS X, if someone wants to run Windows and nothing else (for whatever reason) and wants to get the best looking computer to run it on, and doesn't care if it costs a bit more, then they should just go ahead and buy a Macintosh.

    If I was selling Macs, I would seriously consider offering a service where people can buy a Macintosh with MacOS X + Windows or only Windows installed.
     
  20. 7on macrumors 601

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    All Macbooks have 0 firmware updates to install. A live x86 Suse boot disk booted pre-Bootcamp for me. Showed up as a CD with "windows" underneath it in the option boot menu though. So we might see a firmware update that doesn't see all BIOS compatible OSes as Windows someday.
     

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