Can a Macbook run Windows only?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by stchman, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    I was interested to see if this was true.

    I was under the impression that a Mac needed to have OS X on it to run. You can then use the BootCamp software to make way for another OS.

  2. Xikum macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2011
    You can install Windows and then delete the Mac OS X partition. Why you would want to though, I dont know.
  3. Isira macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2012
    You can install Windows without having OSX installed, but it is still recommended to have a small OS X partition to install firmware updates.
  4. Moshe1010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
    People are buying MBA/MBP, then decide that OSX is not for them, so they install WIN and making their macbook a WIN machine.
  5. niliss macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2012
    sensitive question

    Dear stchman,

    You can consider Apple to be a religion like Microsoft is also an religion. Now consider yourself as an atheist to be entering a Church "Can we just throw Jesus out and bring Allah in the door!", how would you expect this conversation to end?

    Now since some time, the Apple Macs accept the other competitors software (and malware btw), however they do not have a native installer for just windows. What you could do however, is give windows as the primary startup option (so that you do not need to hold the option key to enter the partition). This should make it very comfortable to work on Windows.

    Very good luck with downloading all those virusses...
  6. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    i tried this with the 2010 mac air. just having windows on it. it would work for 4 or 5 weeks then it stopped booting. I believe at some point of the 2010 macbook airs life there was a ssd firmware update. without this firmware update windows was really unstable and would just out of the blue hang on boot and never work again. it would need a complete reinstall.

    as other mentioned the best way is to have both and boot into osx every once and awhile for firmware updates.
  7. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    :confused: With Apple products costing far. far more than their Windows counterparts, why not just by a top end Windows machine?
  8. GoSooners macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2011
    Simple answer: Yes.

    But at least leave a small Mac OS X partition to take advantage of some features such as the nice Trackpad gestures and other Mac-related features such as battery optimization. Running Windows alone, you will never get the advertised battery life.
  9. SlickShoes macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    Show me a windows machine with the aesthetics, size, battery life, keyboard and touchpad of a macbook and then I will invest in one.
  10. Wokis macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    As far as ultrabooks go, a MBA doesn't cost far far more.
  11. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    ...and no Windows alternatives have the finish quality (trackpad, KB, aesthetics, max RAM & SSD capacity) of an MBA
  12. allmIne macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2008
    United Kingdom
    OP never said he wanted to do this, fellas. He only asked if it's possible.

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