Any of you stay on the Windows side for a while?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by rgarjr, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Just curious how long many Mac owners stay on the Windows (Boot Camp) side for?
  2. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Never. The only reason I don't take it off my computer is if there is times I need to program in Direct X....which is usually never.

    Once I saw how much more capable OSX was at everything (aside from gaming) I made a permanent switch.
  3. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
  4. Syonidism macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    games really and thats like 4 hours maybe? after that im all mac.
  5. Rodus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2008
    Midlands, UK
    Only for Gaming for a few hours. I treat XP like I'd treat a games console, keep it updated and just use it as a gaming platform, nothing more.
  6. matthewscott661 macrumors 6502


    Jun 27, 2009
    I've actually only booted it once, and that was just to install drivers. Other than that I use vmware and usually just for autocad.
  7. EmperorDarius macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2009
  8. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I use Windows PCs for work. :(

    Anyhow, on the Mac side, I've managed to stay on the Mac side and run Windows 2K/XP/Vista/2003 Server and Linux (Ubuntu) via virtualization using VMware Fusion.

    I do have a set up for Bootcamp should the need arise. But for my current needs, virtualization is enough. :)
  9. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Same here... I usually just load it a couple of times a month to make sure it is updated and then close it down

    I don't game, so no need to go there for that

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  10. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I use CrossOver for most of my Windows needs. The few things CrossOver can't do, I have a Windows XP VM.
  11. steveza macrumors 68000


    Feb 20, 2008
    I use boot camp to run Windows 7 during work hours every day. I need 2 systems to handle my workload so my MBP sits next to a PC workstation both running W7.

    At home I only run OS X on the MBP as I have another i7 workstation to handle the Windows stuff.
  12. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    You know what, I'm actually considering copying your setup... since a dedicated Windows box would do me a lot of good. Except, replacing the MBP with an Intel iMac. Your setup sounds VERY tempting... Core i7-based goodness FTW!
  13. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I'd rather punch myself in the nads, than use the Mac as a PC machine for weeks at a time.

    Games are another matter.
  14. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    I use my PC, a Dell Studio 540 (2.33 GHz C2Q, 6 GB RAM), to do some gaming. I'm also trying to get into Java programming so the Dell is also my station for that. When I'm too lazy to go downstairs to use my mini (a lot of the time) I use my mom's Studio 1537.

    Other than that, I use Macs for just about everything.
  15. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002

    Which reminds me, it's probably time to install some updates.
  16. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Same here. Perhaps if the fan control for Boot Camp was better I'd use Windows a little more often on this machine. But at this point, I've found good alternatives for all of my Windows apps, so I stick with OS X (with the exception of the truly awesome Newsleecher & its SuperSearch feature).
  17. ethical macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    purely for games, and occasionally if it need to hunt down a free application that isnt available on os x but is on windows.
  18. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Games mostly. I sometimes can stay enough for maybe 2-3 battery cycles so about 6-8 hours before i reboot back into osx.
  19. iNassar macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2008
    games and when i need something for work i use vmware fusion
  20. cool8man macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2009
    Pretty Much Windows Side Only

    I'm a PC user so I'm basically planning to use Windows 7 exclusively on my Macbook Pro. I only left about 13GB free on the Mac side because I don't see myself using it much. I also bought a Macbook for my brother last Christmas and he never uses the Mac OS. I'm not sure if he even remembers how you boot into OS X and he probably wouldn't know how to use it anyway. I partitioned his drive with about 80% of it allocated to Windows because I doubted he would ever want to learn to use the Mac, but now I'm wishing I had allocated more to Windows.

    This is my first Macbook so I've been switching back and forth between OS X and Windows 7 just to learn how things work on the Mac side and see if something would entice me to switch. Both operating systems work great and have their pluses and minuses, but I think I like Windows 7 a lot more for a variety of reasons.

    Visually speaking Windows 7 & Aero are a lot more colorful and pretty with great transparencies and taskbar window previews. There are a lot of things in OS X that I find annoying like the dock/taskbar which in my opinion just wastes the screen's valuable vertical real estate and does a poor job of showing you which windows are open. If firefox opens up multiple windows I have to right click on the taskbar icon just to see how many instances are open and to switch between windows. You should be able to just glance at the taskbar and tell how many windows are open without having to click or press anything. In OS X if you want to resize a window you can only do so by grabbing the lower right hand corner. I also had a tough time getting some applications to maximize and fill up the whole screen exactly the way that I wanted. In windows you can grab any part of the window or just slide it to the top or sides to resize exactly how you want. And the menu bars in OS X not being attached to the windows is just something that is really irritating especially if like me you use multiple monitors. And it would be very annoying when I'd hit the close button on an open application only to later realize the only way to actually shutdown the application completely was to go into the menu and select quit. I guess the overarching problem with OS X is that I found that often times windows and programs were open that I did not desire to have open. I have the same problem with Windows Mobile which seems to not want to let you easily shutdown anything. I also had a slightly buggy experience running my external monitor with frequent flickering using the mini display port adapter. When I use the same monitor in Windows I get no such flickering, probably because OS X is doing some power management on the GPU. On the subject of external monitors I found it really disappointing that there was no option available to select only displaying on the external monitor like there is in Windows. There is a way to trick the macbook into shutting off it's screen but it is much more difficult than should be necessary.

    On the plus side of OS X I like the way that it handles finder/explorer menus. It is much cleaner and faster to move between and make changes in OS X settings. Control Panel in Windows has gotten ridiculously overcrowded and is too complicated to navigate. In terms of settings I found configuring network settings and setting up networked printers much easier and more straightforward in OS X than in Windows. OS X widgets are a million times better than the lame Windows Gadgets and might be reason enough for me to consider switching if not for the fact that Yahoo Widgets makes both alternatives irrelevant. OS X screen savers were also better, but I don't use screen savers much anymore. I liked the ability to slide all open windows out with a button press or 4 finger slide with Expose. The multi-touch navigation in OS X is very nice and I'd love to see it incorporated into bootcamp. That being said Windows 7 handles the open window browsing pretty elegantly with the new desktop preview button in the taskbar, the grouping and preview windows in the new taskbar, and the "Windows + Tab" preview. The biggest reason I ever see myself going back to OS X is the better battery life and power management with features like ambient light sensing.

    I don't use much software that is exclusive to Windows, but one program I use a lot is the Slingbox Player and it is infinitely better on Windows than it is on OS X. On Windows Slingplayer supports streaming at HD resolutions, it records up to an hour of streaming on the HDD, and it includes a great Zap2It tv guide menu. All these features are missing on the outdated Mac version. Another small problem I came across was playing back Windows media video. I was able to install a program that could import the video and play it back in Quicktime, but it was incredibly slow. I also tried Video LAN player but I had problems then getting the audio codecs to play. I'm sure if I really wanted to I could get all the video and audio files I have playing on OS X, but in Windows 7 I didn't have to install any codecs myself and every video and audio file I owned worked from the start. I only play games on consoles, so that is not a consideration for me.
  21. timestoby macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2007
    north devon,uk
    when i got my mac just before xmas last year i used the mac side for a month then installed xp and used that till a week ago. simply cause of the formatting of the hdds. i download large files and i dont wonna have to switch between computers etc. and a few other minor things i dont like about mac,but i can live with those.

    even if i were to use a windows os it will be on a macbook,simply cause macs look awesome.
  22. romanohenry macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2009
    windows is for test as I also need to consider it. :(

    other than that no more.
  23. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I've honestly never bootcamp'd any of my Macs, so I've spent no time in Windows at all :)
  24. umiwangu macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    :) I almost exclusively use Windows, mostly for work. I'm too lazy to move back over to Mac OS X when I get home. I've got all my files in Windows, emails, favourites, etc. I do boot back into Mac once in a while, but the last time must have been about 3 weeks ago.

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