battery life on macbook retina running windows 7 natively

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by anonymous4a, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. anonymous4a macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2012
    hey guys, I wanted to clarify, there's no way to enable the integrated gpu when running windows 7 through boot camp.. but what if you run windows 7 natively ( not through boot camp) . Is there some workaround to enable the integrated gpu for better battery life?
  2. GoSooners macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2011
    I don't think you can run natively unless going through bootcamp. Bootcamp is not a operating mode, it's an operating system path.
  3. murphychris macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2012
    "Boot Camp" is a vague term used to refer to a collection of utilities and drivers to enable support for Windows on Apple hardware. Because it's vague, it's not clear in what manner you think Boot Camp is not native.

    It is native, in that it's not running in a virtual machine. It is not native, in that there is an EFI CSM to provide 16-bit BIOS compatibility to support Windows.

    There is a separate thread on the forums with a group of people working on getting Windows to natively EFI boot on Apple hardware - not exactly for the faint of heart. Windows x86_64 EFI requirements are UEFI 2.x based, and Apple's hardware is Intel EFI 1.10 based with some bits of UEFI 2.x incorporated, but as yet not enough to EFI mode boot Windows without some hacking.

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