Installing windows on a modern rmbp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Sparta1978, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. Sparta1978 macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2014
    I am comtemplating doing this. A few questions:

    Does the windows 7 run well under mac hardware?

    Does windows 7 do a good job emulating XP environment, or is there a better version of Windows to do this?

    Are the drivers for keyboard, sound and such installed automatically?

    What does the selection screen for loading different partitions look like?

  2. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    It runs about as well as a PC that runs Windows by default. There are some quirks, such as there only being one control key on the keyboard. The two command that you use like control in OS X are Windows keys. The trackpad is inferior. There is a hacked set of drivers called Trackpad++ (there's a thread in this very forum about it), but I found the program to not always be reliable. With the stock drivers, it's functional, but not nearly as elegant as OS X.

    The Retina Display does not scale properly with Windows 7. You can get a reasonable approximation by setting the display to its native 2880x1800 resolution and using a zoom level of no more than 199%. Windows 8.1 delivers much better support for HiDPI displays.

    If your system has a discreet GPU (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M or 750M), it will be active all the time in Windows. There is no automatic switching as there is in OS X. As such, battery life is greatly reduced. If you only have an integrated GPU (Intel Iris/Iris Pro), battery life is better, but still not up to OS X levels.

    If you want to emulate Windows XP specifically, you can use Parallels or VMWare Fusion in OS X and get pretty good results. This naturally requires that you have an XP license in hand. Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate come with the ability to download a Windows XP virtual machine for free, no separate license required. Do you require specific software that is not compatible with Windows 7? Very few applications today fall into this category.

    This is a separate installation. There is an option when running Boot Camp Assistant to use a Windows .ISO file to create bootable install media on a USB flash drive. By leaving the box checked to download the Windows Support Software, BCA will also add the appropriate drivers to said flash drive.

    Not exactly sure what you're asking here. Once you've installed Windows, your Mac will boot to it by default. You can select which operating system you want by holding the option key after you've powered on the system. To boot to OS X by default, start it, then go into system preferences/startup disk and select it.
  3. Sparta1978 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2014
    Thanks for reply. Very i formative.

    I have not been a pc user for a few years, so please forgive ignorance of the basics.

    Your answer suggests i should seriously look at parallels or a similar program.

    Again, Much appreciated,
  4. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    If you wish to use Windows XP in any capacity, emulation is the best choice as it is no longer receiving any security updates from Microsoft. This way, should the OS be compromised, it's fairly easy to remove it and start over without risk of damaging your other environment.

    Again, is there a specific reason you need XP? It's really not a good idea to waste time or effort installing it unless you are absolutely certain a piece of software will not run on Windows 7, and as I said before, that is very unusual.
  5. Sparta1978 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2014
    Parallels anso seems to allow all files to be in one partition.

    The main reason for windows cp is the close combat series battlefield emulators.
    Namely close combat 3 russian front
    Close combat 4
    Close combat 5
    There are mods i am interested in but if the program runs i have been able to run mods too.



    Is there a reccomended article on comparison between VMs/emulators for windows?

    Are there substantial differences in performance?

    Is there a better way to run dvds designed for windows then to fire up a VM/emulator?


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