Is there any good reason to purchase Windows 8 for rMBP instead of Windows 7?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Broadus, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. Broadus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    Upstate SC
    A 25-year PC-only user, I'm transitioning to Mac when my refurbished rMBP (mid 2012) arrives this afternoon. And with 25 years worth of PC files, I need to install Windows on the rMBP, probably along with VMware Fusion 6.

    My inclination is to buy a copy of Windows 7, but I was wondering if there is a good reason to order Windows 8, with the updated 8.1 being released soon.

    Also, is there a "best place" to order a copy of Windows?

    Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
  2. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    Why do you need windows - is there a Windows program that you cannot find some equivalent under OS X for?

    If you put all your windows data on an (external?) ExFAT partition then both Windows and OS X can see it. I'm only running windows because I have one business application that I cannot find an alternative under OS X for.

    The only thing that do not work are the HTML links in Favourites in IE and saved IE pages. The rest works fine.

    There is not much difference between 7 and 8; you can use Classic Menu and boot directly into the desktop menu. Windows 7 is supported to 2020, 8 to 2023. Windows 7 Professional has some XP virtual facility, 8 doesn't (never bothered with the XP part).
  3. jrs22 macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2012
    I was a 30 year PC user when I bought a cMBP last year. I needed Microsoft Access so I bought the basic OEM windows 8 from B&H photo and installed it under Parallels. I went with Parallels because it came free with my computer. Since I'm running Win 8 in a virtual machine I bypass the Win 8 menu and go directly to the individual MS Office apps. I find win 8 stable and unobtrusive in this setup, and I'm sure that if I needed to spend more time in the win 8 environment I could adapt to it as easily as I moved from Vista to OSX.
  4. whiteonline macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2011
    California, USA
    Since you are running on the Retina display, purchase Windows 8. The high-DPI support is much better than it was in 7.


    Now that I have re-read your post. Wait for 8.1 of course. My recommendation still stands however. The 8 start screen is just a gigantic start menu. Get past that, and you're fine.
  5. Broadus thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    Upstate SC
    Nota Bene

    Thanks for the replies.

    I have an academic suite called Nota Bene that is Windows-only, though I understand that version 10 (almost out of beta) is supposed to work well under WINE). I was thinking about getting VMware Fusion and a Window OS in order to continue using it.

    Interesting about Windows 8 over 7 with respect to retina. Thanks for that.

    Were I to get Windows 8 now, would 8.1 not be a free update?


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