ReferenceIf you want to install Windows on your Mac natively, you would use Boot Camp 5.1, on a modern, up-to-date Mac. It has support for Windows 7, 8, and win 8.1.
Or you could install any version of Windows from DOS to Windows 10 in a virtual machine using software like Vmware Fusion 7.
It would help us here if you could tell us which Mac you are using.I am using old model well i don't need to upgrade to windows 10. Windows 7 is enough to meet my needs
I am using old model well i don't need to upgrade to windows 10. Windows 7 is enough to meet my needs
If the thread starter wants Windows 7 and does not need any other, there is no logic to try to convince him to prefer another Windows.Your model of MacBook and what version of Boot Camp determines which version of Windows you need in April 2016. You can't just choose the version of Windows you want. Some may not install at all, some may be glitchy, some may be slow.
What we know is that if you spend the money and install a purchased copy of Windows 10 you will be happy.
If the thread starter wants Windows 7 and does not need any other, there is no logic to try to convince him to prefer another Windows.
One should assume that his mac allows Windows 7.
By the way...
There is an interesting video in YouTube showing how to install Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 without going from the very beginning through BootCamp.
I tried it and have now Windows 10 running in a elder mac which, according to Apple, should only allow via BootCamp Windows 7.
I don't therefore see any problem even if a particular BootCamp doesn't play nicely with a certain Windows.
Often there is more than one way to reach one's goal.
It's not only a matter of money or saving some.Over the past year we see way too many people try to save a whopping $90 on Windows 10 on their $1,600 notebooks, driving themselves crazy with frustration and badmouthing Apple and Microsoft for no reason.
If you want your MacBook to run Windows, buy it. Buy the latest version and move on. The cost is too silly to discuss.
It's not only a matter of money or saving some.
Windows 7 pleased and still pleases countless Windows users who did not and do not like the GUI of 8, 8.1 or 10.
That was the only reason why Microsoft offered Windows 10 as a free upgrade and extended that offer not only to the previous 8.1 but also to the previous-to-the-previous Windows 7.
I still prefer by far the looks of Windows 7 and thanks to "Classic Shell" I get that GUI in newer Windows.
Many, many, many, many people do the same.
This is by the way not only the case in Windows.
Whoever reads different posts in different threads of this forum sees that many people preferred by far the Icons and the Dock of OSX versions previous to Yosemite and El Capitan.
Thanks to "cDock" for instance, one can modify the looks of the present Dock.
Whoever believes that people's choices are only a matter of money, does not understand human kind.
Money is no doubt very important but not everything in people's scale of values.
That is simply not true.There was a time that the look and feel of an operating system meant something. Today, it's a different world. We live in an app era now, and just like iOS, it's not about the operating system at all- it's just about easily getting to apps.
Windows 10 is just like Windows 7 and 8, it's icons on a desktop, nothing else really matters. Where Windows 10 excels is in stability and speed. Suggest everyone take advantage of it all.
But as relates to Windows on a Mac, save the headaches and save the time, just spend the money and install the newest Boot Camp and the newest Windows and be done with it.
That is simply not true.
Today like in the past the OS and the way to handle it are main criteria for consumers to chose what they buy.
Any Mac is a Mac because of the OSX operating system behind it.
You can use Photoshop, Microsoft Office and almost all other applications in a Windows environment as well.
However all the people buying a mac prove that the OS of Apple is very important to them in spite of the fact that present mac computers use Intel processors like their Windows counterparts and most of the hardware is the same.
The same applies to iOS regarding Android. Most of the Apps can be obtained in either OS.
The operating system is the main reason for the buyer's choice.
Otherwise there would not be a MacRumors Forum for lack of interest?
So YOU don't care about the OS.It's cute how wrong you are. The people using MacBooks break down like this:
Media Professionals: People who get paid to use computers as a primary source of income in the fields of print, publishing, TV, movies, etc.
Students: College kids who use their notebooks 50% for word processing and 50% screwing around.
IT Departments: Fortune 500 companies whose exec's prefer a Mac because it's what they're used to as an alternative to the HP or Dell they would otherwise be provided.
Mac is still less than 8% of the computing OS business despite being around since the 1980's, despite having led with innovation in the 90's and 00's, despite the dominance in mobile. All in all, OSX is a market share failure. No one wants it. It's a niche OS. It's not the "main reason" people buy a Mac.
MacBook hardware, that's the reason and that's a different story. Apple is the best at design and weight reduction and that's what really matters to today's notebook users. My family, we own 5 MacBooks, 2 iMacs, 3 Wimdows notebooks, 2 Windows desktops. My wife and I own MacBooks because we are very wealthy and successful businesspeople and they are lightweight for travel and boardrooms. My kids own MacBooks because they are students and wealthy offspring and couldn't be seen in public with big, clunky PC's or the Chromebook's they got for free at school. MacBook's are luxury items. No different than our Rolexes and BMW's.
The OS? We don't care. Just a desktop with icons to the apps we use. And it's the differences in those apps that's annoying between OSX and Windows and it's that reason that I use Windows 10 exclusively on my 12" MacBook. Best hardware and best software combo there is for the traveling EVP.
If Apple made it easy to install Windows or released "MacBook For Windows" in their stores they'd actually sell a meaningful amount of them. Considering their stock price, methinks that is coming soon to a mall near you.