Dual boot OS X and Windows

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by J. J., Jun 29, 2013.

  1. J. J., Jun 29, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2013

    J. J. macrumors regular

    J. J.

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    #1
    Hi, I have got a rMBP with OS X Mavericks DP 2. I'd like to dual boot OS X Mavericks and Windows 7 without using Bootcamp (because it messes up with partitions).
    How can I do it? Can I use rEFIt and install Windows normally on a second partition? Or have I to install it on an external drive with the MBR Partition Scheme?
    And should I install the 32-bit (x86) or the 64-bit (x64) version?
    Thanks
     
  2. daviddth macrumors 6502a

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    If your Macbook has 2GB of RAM then 32 bit will be fine. 4GB then Windows 32 bit will see 3.5GB and if you have more than 4GB then the 64 bit would be my suggestion.

    I run 64Bit on my Air's here with 4 and 8GB of RAM. Thats with the current relerase of OSX, not Mavericks, but canrt see it being any different. Cant help you with installation as I use Bootcamp here
     
  3. J. J. thread starter macrumors regular

    J. J.

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    Ok, since my MacBook has 8GB RAM I'll install the 64-bit version. Thank you
     
  4. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    An EFI installation is possible, but you might find some of the hardware not to be fully functional, namely graphics and sound.
     

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