Differences Between Windows Bootcamp on Mac vs Windows on a Windows PC

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  1. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    A friend of mine is looking for a computer for college, and according to the computer requirements it does not allow a mac bootcamped with windows. They want a Windows PC period. I am wondering if there is any differences in the way a mac bootcamped and running Windows works vs a regular Windows Computer. Does certain software not work? Are there certain things that do not work? Does anyone see any major concerns with having a bootcamped mac vs a Windows PC?

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  2. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    There is no difference, but unfortunately, some colleges just will not allow Macs. The powers-that-be have no clue what they are managing. Welcome to life.:eek:
     
  3. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    I'd bring in a pc running osx, just to really piss them off.
     
  4. upinflames900 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I totally agree, I would if I were him. It probably is some computer illiterate dean or something that is making that call which means it is made without any regard to how things actually work. Thanks for the quick responses.
     
  5. dlo604 macrumors member

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    What college is this? I mean can you really ask for something like that considering the fact that it's really a personal preference? Besides, what if your friend already owned a Mac. I'm sorry that's like taking away freedom of choice. I thought the USA was all about democracy?
     
  6. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    It's about viruses. Ignorant administrators think that a computer without virus protection will compromise their network. Running Windows, of course, will.
     
  7. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Bootcamp Windows, there is no difference. However, I find that Windows runs better on a comparably equipped Mac than PC.

    (That reminds me that I saw a new laptop hunters ad last night and a few times this afternoon. I'm surprised it hasn't been on MR yet.)
     
  8. upinflames900 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    University of Dayton...I agree with you, but they really do have a requirement not only a suggestion like most universities. I guess he is going to call them to see why on earth they are so weird about computers. Here is the page they have about the computers see if you guys can make heads or tails of it.
     

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  9. upinflames900 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea...wasn't that the joke when Windows Vista first came out...the only computers that could run it without like freezing, taking forever to load, etc were macs
     
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    There requirements make no sense except for one, examinations.

    Maybe they have Windows based software for their examinations that lock down your computer. So if you have an Apple laptop then it would be possible to run Windows XP or Vista using VMware or Parallels and thus circumventing their system and have access to the Mac and it's features such as Safari during the exam.

    I can't think of any other reason why they would restrict you this way.

    If I am correct, maybe a possible solution would be to keep your Mac and then get a cheap Windows laptop that meets their minimum requirements for testing purposes.
     
  11. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    But one could install Slax and run XP via virtualisation too. Though to most of the world linux is still a nerds-only OS.
     
  12. Bunsen macrumors member

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    I'd say it's time to find a new school! :p
    But seriously, that's a pretty ridiculous rule!
     
  13. elgrecomac macrumors 65816

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    Well, not entirely....

    There are some very discrete areas where you NEED a PC. Here are a couple I can think of off the top of my head:

    1. If you are planning to utilize AutoCad in a college class, well you'll need a PC.
    2. If you are attending a Law School that uses a Windows only test-taking software package (and there are MANY), well you'll need a PC.

    You MAY be able to run these applications under bootcamp or Fusion/Parallels but, I would check with enrolled students at your school who use this software to see how they address this. I know for a fact that some Law Schools say you are on your own from a support standopint if you use the test taking software with either Bootcamp or a virtual machine on a Mac. And believe me, a law school prof will have zero compassion and just won't give a ***** if you are having compatibility problems on a test day.

    Sometimes you need to go along to get along so be very well informed before making your purchase.

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  14. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    1. No difference in Bootcamp.

    2. No difference in Bootcamp.
     
  15. TodVader macrumors 6502a

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    I second that.

    And, to the guy talking about test day compatibility and autocad, reread the post I quoted. He's absolutely right.
     
  16. upinflames900 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    With bootcamp, Windows is being run natively so you can run every windows program you would normally run on a windows pc on your bootcamped mac correct? So if there is a testing software like that you should be able to use windows on your mac just as easily (and with the same compatibility) as any other windows computer right? I do realize that you could have some problems with a virtual machine (aka parallels), but running bootcamp, it should be the exact same as a normal windows computer right?
     
  17. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes. In boot camp it becomes a Windows PC.
     
  18. upinflames900 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It is hard to make your college choice based on something like that, but you are right in that it is a real irritant. I would also think it hampers your education to limit you to having one specific (virus prone, slow, unreliable...otherwise known as windows) computer. I mean I have heard of schools requiring a specific calculator, but a computer is a bit much. And get this certain departments actually require a macbook and do not allow a windows computer! What on earth?!?
     

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  19. upinflames900 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought so, thanks for the reply. So the statement about not being allowed to have a bootcamped mac as a replacement for a Windows PC is completely ignorant basically. You would think an institution of "higher learning" would use some of that education when demanding a kid buy a computer. I guess not...
     
  20. windywoo macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe its a hardware thing. Maybe they will be using peripherals which require a BIOS and not EFI.
     
  21. upinflames900 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm...can anyone verify this?
     
  22. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

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    If anyone says anything he can say he was one of those other majors then changed. I really doubt they would force you to buy a new computer because of changing majors... I really think he will be fine with a mac though.
     
  23. upinflames900 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good point, I agree...just stupid how a college requires a particular computer like that.
     
  24. Mugwumper macrumors regular

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    Pardon my ignorance . . . ;^)

    I'm running VMware with XP Pro and Windows 7 RC, and I guess I don't
    consider this a "dual boot" (as they describe it) - that is, I don't have to
    reboot my iMac every time I switch into PC mode. If I want to share files,
    I leave them on the Mac desktop and they are instantly visible on the PC side.

    As I understand things, if you do get some sort of "bug" on the PC side, the
    whole VMware approach essentially "quarantines" the PC environment so
    there would not be any cross-contamination out of an infected PC VM onto
    MacOS.

    Anyway, that probably doesn't help getting through the thick skulls of the
    university IT folks . . . Good luck!
     

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