New iMac owner needs some information

GregGebhardt

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My new iMac with 3.06, 4gb, 1TB, 21" screen will arrive Wednesday.

I am needing to partition the hard drive to about 50% Win7 and the rest for Snow Leopard. I understand that BootCamp will do this for me and worked well on the MBPro 15 I owned about a year ago.

I will then install WIn 7 Ultimate as I need and like some Windows software. All of my other computers at my company use WIndows on the network, this computer will be at my home office, mainly for Internet but some office.

Will be using MS Office and CS PhotoShop for my LEica M9.

Could anyone that has put Win7 on their iMac let me know of any thing to watch out for? I am new to iMac but plan on replcing my ThinkPad with a new MacBook Pro 15 soon. I am liking my new iPad more than I ever thought and can not wait for my 3G unit to arrive later this month. My VP can't wait as he will be getting the WiFi unit when my 3G unit arrives.

Thanks for any help or pointers to make this smooth;)
 

Hellhammer

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I had Windows 7 RC1 in my iMac and it was fine. Just install the Bootcamp drivers from the Snow Leopard disk and you'll be fine.

By the way, why don't you get e.g. Parallels because you only need it because of few apps? There is also Office for Mac and Adobe can change your license from Windows to Mac for a small fee so..
 

GregGebhardt

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I had Windows 7 RC1 in my iMac and it was fine. Just install the Bootcamp drivers from the Snow Leopard disk and you'll be fine.

By the way, why don't you get e.g. Parallels because you only need it because of few apps? There is also Office for Mac and Adobe can change your license from Windows to Mac for a small fee so..
Hmmm, I will go and look at the Parallels software. Will I need to increase RAM above 4gb?:confused:
 

TMRaven

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Everything works fine on bootcamp, except for the fact that your screen is BRIGHT AS HELL, and you can't turn the brightness down without some kind of 3rd party software.
 

greg99

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Eagerly following this post, as I'm in a similar boat/timing.

Honestly, though, I'm far more interested in hearing about your M9 (nicely slipped in...).

Greg
 

Hellhammer

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Hmmm, I will go and look at the Parallels software. Will I need to increase RAM above 4gb?:confused:
4GB is fine but extra 2x2GB is only 100$ so up to you. Take a look at CrossOver as well, it lets you run Windows software in OS X and with a quick look, it supports Office 2007. The Photoshop license you should really convert to Mac unless you have it in PCs, it's exactly the same for Mac.
 

Hellhammer

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Why is Parallels better than Bootcamp for installing and running Win7?

Other than the shut-down factor.
No need to reboot for every little thing. Bootcamp is good for gaming and heavy apps but for stuff like Office etc, it's quite slow and useless. I think the reboot factor is quite significant as you don't want to do it all the time
 

mystikjoe

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No need to reboot for every little thing. Bootcamp is good for gaming and heavy apps but for stuff like Office etc, it's quite slow and useless. I think the reboot factor is quite significant as you don't want to do it all the time
Bootcamp is not slow for anything on my i7! Even in fusion the only slow down I see is 1080 video playback that's when I just boot into bootcamp.
 

IndustrialSpace

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No need to reboot for every little thing. Bootcamp is good for gaming and heavy apps but for stuff like Office etc, it's quite slow and useless. I think the reboot factor is quite significant as you don't want to do it all the time

Aside from having to reboot, both work equally well aside?
 

Badger^2

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MS Office for the Mac "Home Office" edition is $100. FWIW, Office 2010 for the mac will have a full native version of Outlook, if thats important for you.

Adding an additional 4 gigs is $100.

And Im pretty sure the Windows to Mac Photoshop conversion price is $29. (Dont quote me on that.)

You might also see if MS Remote Desktop is all you need to connect to your work server. Its all I have ever needed.

Both inexpensive upgrades, worth every penny.

Bootcamp = Real Windows -- so the speed would be the same as any 3.06 C2D Windows machine.

Fusion vs Parallels is like Pepsi vs Coke or Ford vs Chevy. Ask 100 and get 50 people that love one and 50 that love the other.