I've just got my hands on one of these because it's basically unused, mint, like new - and everything works - and was basically being given away. It's using Lion 10.7.5. As my avatar shows, I'm an old geezer, so please bear with me Where do I begin? Despite using Windows all my PC life, I'd hoped to finally be able to try my hand at a Mac, but specific Window-based apps that I cannot do without - and there's no Mac alternative that actually does all the things the apps I must have do, in the way they do, such as things which include VBA addins etc that are not available at all in a Mac format or work correctly - force me to have to install either Win7 or Win10. I prefer Win7 Ultimate but reading here it seems via BootCamp there can be many issues (drivers etc). Some small, simple apps I need might be usable through winebottle, but those apps too big that won't, necessitate having to install Windows. I've looked at my essential apps list and there's no alternative choice. 1 - Which Windows is easiest to install smoothly (using advanced install options), and which version (using BootCamp)? I get the feeling within the forum advice I've read, that Parallels etc is not the best way forward. If the majority vote is Win 10, will Win10 work as though it was on my PC desktop within BootCamp, so that I can attack the Group Settings etc to turn off all the bloat and spyware it contains? 2 - Should I 1st upgrade Mac OSX to High Sierra. Or another OSX version that will suffice? 3 - To get an updated OSX such as Higher Sierra, am I forced to create an Apple account and ID etc. Are there other 'reliable' sources I can download from? I ask since once upgraded and either version of Windows is installed, I will not be making any updates (critical or otherwise - updates will be totally shutdown) to either OS software. My usage of the MBP allows me to do this. 4 - The Late 2011 MBP, as I'm sure you know, only offers 2 x USB 2.0. I know I will be using external drives etc as well as wireless mouse, external sound cards, and so exceed the USB's, and I would very much prefer to make use of the Thunderbolt version 1 port than have issues overcrowding a powered USB 2.0 Hub. It seems everything online that's available to me in 'my location' is geared up for Thunderbolt 3, making it very hard to source a Thunderbolt 1 hard drive dock for example, such as the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock (Thunderbolt 2 | USB 3.1 Gen 1 | FireWire 800 | HDMI Gigabit Ethernet | Audio In & Out) - I can grab one in my location for the incredibly high price of US$ 500 approx - or the OWC Drive Dock Dual Drive Bay Solution (Mac / PC / Thunderbolt 2 / USB 3.1 Gen 1) that isn't excessively priced. Are there any other alternatives, that will allow me to use the Thunderbolt 1 port, an adapter say, that will allow me to then connect to the likes of a USB Voyager 3 HDD dock, or add other peripherals I need to be able to use (USB based) such as an external sound card or a USB Hub etc which won't cost me more than I've paid for the MBP itself, that is reliable. I do not intend to use anything external to boot from. If I am not going to be able to use the OSX because of the Win Apps I need, Windows will reside on the MBP hard drive, while working files, music, movies etc will reside externally. The above are my primary, initial issues which I am asking for help to clarify, on the basis that I have absolutely zero experience with anything Apple and my research to now tells me that I have to follow the above plan, and if there are no simple or reasonably priced solutions, then I'll accept I bought a dead duck Thank you. PS - I aslo need to be able to hook up to large TV screens / projectors for presentations (hopefully mostly via HDMI) - meaning another port requirement that the Thunderbolt would take care of. Also a Wacom Intuos.