Can I run Windows 7 as OS?

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  1. ronmaverick88 macrumors member

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    Instead of buying XP or whatever can I use that free one that appears to be out? I need a Windows OS for some stuff to run .exe but I refuse to buy it. I know Mac has software to emulate it but a lot of the .exe files i use don't work.

    Will I be able to run Windows 7 in boot camp for a OS in the place of XP or Vista?
     
  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    You can, download it from the Microsoft site

    Its only a beta remember, not the real finished version, so will only work until the real version comes out, which is July/August time.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Sounds like you need to buy a copy of Windows.

    The Windows 7 Beta should be over by now.
     
  4. Peace macrumors Core

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    It is. As of yesterday I believe.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It was fun while it lasted. I don't see the need to buy a copy since I can slap on the TV Pack update onto my Vista install.
     
  6. ronmaverick88 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, perfect timing as usual.

    Does anyone know how i can safely install Linux? I've seen directions but im so afraid i might mess up.. is it worth it?
     
  7. theITGuy macrumors 6502a

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    The beta is still out there on the torrents...;)

    Cheers.

    -J.-
     
  8. PrinceOfEgypt macrumors member

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    Sorry, but if you NEED a windows OS to run some apps then you should BUY a windows OS. Plenty of people on this forum have done just that and use it with VMware or Parallels or Bootcamp. If you "refuse to buy it" then you should live without it. Don't try to have it both ways.
     
  9. ronmaverick88 thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't need it, the applications do. ;)
     
  10. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Which version of Linux do you need? Redhat, SuSe, Ubuntu or a simple Unix? You do know they're all different dont you?
    And .exe files will probably only work with Windows anyway.

    Buy a cheap version of XP, but from a respectable retailer, install it using Bootcamp, and away you go.
     
  11. ronmaverick88 thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow. ok thanks I guess I'll have to. thanks to everyone that helped.
     
  12. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

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    I'd look on newegg.com you can get XP Home OEM fo 90 bucks.
     
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