Completley delete mac osx and replace windows, possible?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hishat, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. hishat macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2007
    United Kingdom
    Hi, i have a new macbook pro, i am a games developer and use many tools that are not yet available for mac osx, can i completely delete the mac osx install windows and then after 1 year ( reinstall the osx) thank you.

    any response will be appreciated, thank you.
  2. danuk3 macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2010
    Hey, sorry to bump this thread.

    I am also wanting to do this (mainly because of work commitments too), but i want to keep the MacBook and install Win7 64-bit on it instead.

    Before I purchase Windows, can anyone help me by guiding me through this? Ideally I'd like to remove OS X completely (hence why I'm replying to this thread) and wondered how this works and how Windows can utilise the apple drivers.

    Also I'd just like to ask whether running Windows on a MacBook (I have the latest 15" core i5 version) has any problems and whether certain things wouldn't work?

    Thank you.
  3. djasterix macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2010
    Paradise City
  4. greenday123 macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2005
    I think he was asking for help on how he could do that.. I had no idea this was possible.. I'm interested.
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    All you do is put in the windows install disk, and it will install windows, and delete the OS X partition. Then you put the OS X disk in once you have installed windows, and it will install the drivers. However, my personal recommendation is to simply sell the MBP and get an HP. Yes, the MBP will run windows like any windows computer (although the drivers for the trackpad are pretty bad), but you could get a computer with slightly better specs and still have money after selling your MBP.
  6. blunderboy macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    I agree with alust2013—if you want to have a Windows laptop, it would be best to simply sell the MBP and buy a Windows PC. If you're looking for a laptop with good build quality, I hear that Lenovo ThinkPads and some of the Vaios are a good buy. Microsoft also has a PC laptop list on their website that might help you out, if you're willing to take that option. If you do want to use the MBP as a Windows machine, you'd definitely be able to install Windows as the only OS on it—I've definitely heard of it being done, and as an Intel machine with standard equipment, it should run Windows like a champ.
  7. Constantine1337 macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Here is how to install windows (without OSX on your machine):

    1. Put Windows DVD inside your machine
    2. Boot from the DVD
    3. Start the installation process
    4. When asked on which volume to install Windows > click "Advanced" and delete all partitions you see
    5. Click "Create new volume"
    6. Install Windows on the new volume
    7. After installation, put in the "Mac OSX Install DVD" and install "BootCamp" (here you have drivers which are needed)
    8. (optional) visit nVidia site and update GFX Drivers

    You now have Windows on your machine. If you want OSX, simply partition your HDD, boot from Mac OSX Install DVD and install OSX on other partition (you will need to format it to HFS+).
  8. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    you can but it's inadvisable.

    Updates for machine firmware and peripherals will distro from OS X only.

    It's a scant 8 or so GB installation if you trim the printer drivers, languages and x-11.

    It'd be like asking which bolts on an engine are essential for operation so you can remove one or two for weight savings :D
  9. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

    May 24, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Yea I was wondering how to do this too. I just recently bought a Ferrari, took out the engine, and replaced it with one from Kia. Now I want to do something else that is really stupid.
  10. danuk3 macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2010
    Thank you for the replies.

    Yes, I know a lot of you think it's mad. But for work Office for mac is simply not working for me, and apart from that I don't really use anything else, so for me (personally) installing just Windows is a better option.

    This sounds a lot more simple now, but I am going to keep the MacBook Pro instead of selling it. I can't really see any other windows laptops I like, and I'm not a fan of Sony Vaios (had a really bad experience with them).

    Does the BootCamp installation at the end install power settings etc, as I've heard MBP's run hotter under Windows?
  11. wschutz macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    Lucky for all of us... Apple is not even close to Ferrari quality ;)
    So please... let people do whatever they want because neither Mac OS X nor Windows are the perfection...
  12. Constantine1337 macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    No. Power settings are user changeable in windows Control Panel. MacBook Pro will run hotter under windows because poor OS power management and its inability to use Intel GFX alongside nVidia.
  13. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Mac OS X is perfection on a "MAC". In terms of power management, trackpad features and stability, graphics card switching, battery life and the keyboard is a "MAC" keyboard, it's hardly a Windows keyboard and the backlight is fully adjustable in OS X, the ambient light sensor for the screen only works in OS X. It's just plain stupid to run a Mac as a Windows machine only, it's NOT a Windows machine. No need to convince people here, just let them do what they want to do and they will see the mistake they made.

    Along with the battery draining fast. A Mac running Windows only is about as bad as hackintoshed PC.
  14. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
  15. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    You wanna extend what you are trying to say?
  16. AnodizedFish macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2010
    I think you'd be better off with a cheaper Windows laptop... If you want to get a Mac, just stick with OS X and install Windows using BootCamp. You see, Macs are all about optimization. The OS and the hardware are optimized to the fullest so that the machine could achieve so much with specs which some would consider 'underpowered'. That's the power of a Mac... Optimization :)
  17. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

    May 24, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Yea I agree. If all you are going to only be using Office in Windows, then what is the point of using a Mac? Sell it and get a really low-end PC and use your money on something else.
  18. Mac7 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    Better bet to just get a windows laptop. Less issues for you.
  19. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Stop trying to pass the blame to Microsoft when the issue is that Apple's Windows drivers are awful.
  20. DavidZ.YLoh macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2010
    Buy a windows laptop

    I'm also have a macbook....The windows laptops are cheaper than macbook, why don't just buy the windows laptop. What the hell are you ****ing thinking that, replace mac os x completely and install windows and install the mac back after 1 year? You can't install mac os again after install windows because it is ilegal.

    I'm a Apple big fan
  21. twalker294 macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2010
    Have you considered running Parallels or VMWare Fusion? If there are just a few Windows applications you need to run, one of those might be your best option.
  22. Blue Fox macrumors 6502a

    Blue Fox

    Apr 13, 2009
    Please don't make the rest of us Apple Fans look ridiculous. It is in no way, shape or form "illegal" to reinstall OS X after running a Windows-only MacBook for any period of time. Why would you even post this?

    As for the OP, I'd recommend selling MacBook (as has been said). They have a very high resale value, and you can get a very decent Windows-based Laptop (I prefer Sony Vaio's compared to others being that I work in computer repair) and still have cash left over for other stuff. Mac's aren't for everyone, and it's better to be rid of it now than wait for it to decline further in value if you aren't going to use a Mac as a Mac. Good luck.
  23. deeesea macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2010
    No **** sherlock :rolleyes: how about you let the guy do what the hell he wants with his her laptop?

    also, who gives a **** about the legality of installing OSX on a windows machine? There's a lot of people going on about Hackintoshes (hell I plan to build one).

    Also, it probably isn't illegal to install OSX on a macbook running windows...because you're installing OSX for the hardware it was designed for. Seriously, you call yourself a fanboy and you can't even figure that out?
  24. twalker294 macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2010
    OK, I think he has gotten enough grief about this -- this is his first post here so let's cut him some slack. Newb error. Carry on :)

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