2 Curiosity Questions from someone not doing this

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ahunter3, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2003
    a) Once you get XP installed on your iMac or MacBook, how do you switchboot back into OS X? And once you've done that, how to you select XP once again?

    b) Has anyone been nailed by a Windows virus while running XP on Mac hardware yet?
  2. airkarol macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2005
    You restart the computer, and either select the Apple Logo, or Windows Logo. You do this by pressing the up and down arrows on the keyboard, then pressing return when the operating system you want to boot in is on the screen.
  3. topgunn macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2004
    When someone is running Windows on an Apple computer, it is no different from a Dell box. They will get virus at the same rate. The good thing is 99.99% of viruses attack only the software and not the hardware so the mac side of things is safe. And since they use a different bootloader, that part is not a problem either.
  4. Sirin macrumors member


    Mar 17, 2006
    Windows will always be Windows. :rolleyes:
  5. ahunter3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2003
    Thanks, y'all.

    When running Windows, can you see the MacOS HFS+ volumes if you install MacDrive or equivalent?

    If you didn't, you'd have no access to your own document files created and used under OS X (unless you always saved to a FAT 32 volume instead of the HFS+ vol you were booted from). On the other hand, if you did, a windows virus could assault the files on your Mac volume and therefore radically hose "the mac side of things", yes?

    Am I misreading something or is that the choice you have to deal with?
  6. quicksilver77 macrumors 6502


    Nov 30, 2005
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Why not just install windows and a good virus program. AVG comes to mind...and yes its free and opne of the best out there. As for spyware...just be careful when u browse and u'll be fine. Most mac users are computer savvy in general so just don't click pop-ups or install code u are not familiar with. I have over 200 windows pc's under my control :) and I do not get viruses or spyware. Just protect the computer like it should be and u'll be fine.
  7. ethernet76 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2003
    I would in no manner say Mac users are computer savvy. The ones who post here are. As evidence I have two parents who are computer/mac retarded.

    If you go into and Apple Store usually the customers are on an equally retarded level with PC shoppers at Best Buy.

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