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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by adjohnston, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. adjohnston macrumors newbie

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    First Mac, first post.

    Please share any and all must knows, haves, and advice you can offer.

    I do have a few questions:

    How do I install Windows 7? Watched a tutorial on Apple's web site and know I'm supposed to use Bootcamp, but is that with the assumption that I have a copy of W7?

    Would like a HDMI adapter for HD TV, any recs?
     
  2. fineaddme macrumors regular

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    yes you need a copy of win7 to install via bootcamp

    for hdmi adapter i get my cables at monoprice great prices and so far very happy with the quality
     
  3. adjohnston thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And I should have said thanks in advance to all who post.

    Fuzzy - thanks for the input, I will check out monoprice.

    I think I will do some searching on the forums, I am sure many of my questions can be answered...
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_Beginner's_Guide

    yep use Boot Camp to partition the hard drive then restart into the Windows install DVD (hold option in startup) and install on the partition you created. then insert your Mac's DVD and install the windows drivers (there might be updates to install after).

    also why the hurry to install Windows right away? you have to have some Windows programs? if not just dive into OS X straight away, best way to learn it.
     
  5. adjohnston thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Richard, I am in no hurry, I guess it's more a security blanket and the idea of having it. i'll spend some more time on Mac OS before, and also I do not have a copy of W7, so.....
     
  6. adjohnston thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. HawaiiMacAddict macrumors 6502a

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    One other option to consider is purchasing either Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMWare Fusion and just run Windows 7 in a virtual machine. You will be sharing system resources (CPU cycles, RAM, etc...) between the two systems, but the bright side is that you will not have to leave Mac OS to do things in Windows.

    With Boot Camp, you boot into either Windows or Mac OS - with a VM program, you can have the best of both worlds. I prefer VMWare Fusion, but take a look at both programs to see if you think you'd like one over the other.

    Welcome to the Mac community! I myself joined in August 2006 and have yet to look back! The posters here are a really good bunch and I think you'll really like your stay here. I'm hoping to get one of the new 17" MacBook Pros, but my wife has not yet given me the green light on that purchase.
     
  8. adjohnston thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will definitely check out VMWare Fusion, thanks HIaddict.

    Really enjoying the Mac OS so far and will most likely stay. This is my first personal computer purchase in some time and am extremely pumped. Hope you get approval, give and get; after my MBP purchase, the wife says it is time to give, again.
     
  9. adjohnston thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bump for Saturday crew. Tips, tricks, and advice appreciated. Happy Saturday folks!
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    Helpful Information for Any Mac User by GGJstudios + MRoogle for looking for already answered questions.

    PS: Bumping threads is highly welcome here, one should do it minutely.
     
  11. adjohnston thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Sim...that link is exactly what I was looking for.
     

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