should I restart mac or not after having loaded any prog?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Flowero4ka, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. Flowero4ka macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    Hello everybody! Be so kind, please, to reply my question about windows on mac...

    On the site of "apple" it's written, that "I shouldn’t have to restart my computer simply because I connected any prog. And I shouldn’t have to go off on a scavenger hunt, searching doggedly for device drivers, so that my computer can see and get along with that shiny new peripheral."

    But if I open windows on mac and I want to load any progs on windows (because I have disk for PC, not especially for mac). Should I reload my computer, because it's Windows... or shouldn't I restart it because it's mac? The same thing is about drivers... If I can't open any program in mac, I will do it in wind, but then I have to buy drivers, don't I?..

    Explain, please...
  2. richkent72 macrumors regular

    If I've understood your question correctly...

    If you're installing an application in Mac OS X then you (almost) never have to restart. Sometimes a software update tells you to restart. OS X will also usually identify and run new hardware without getting a driver from elsewhere.

    However, if you are running Windows under bootcamp then you are not running OX S. Your Mac is acting as any other Windows PC would. If you install a new application you will need to restart and if you add new hardware you will need the relevant driver.
  3. reh macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2003
    No matter what operating system (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, etc...) that you're installing software in, you should only need to restart if the software installation asks you to.
  4. Flowero4ka thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    I don't like Bootcamp - the progs couldn't work in the same time! I mean, if I run Windows simultaneously with Mac with help of Parallels or Fusion... Should I restart and buy drivers then?
  5. user13 macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2006
    If you run Windows via Parallels/Boot Camp/whatever you run it natively on your Mac, just like it would be on a simple PC. That's why all the rules and principles of Windows are used on your Mac. You'll have to restart your Windows often as it asks you to after plugging in a new device, installing drivers or an app.

    [edit] You are not buying drivers for any hardware. You buy hardware and download/install drivers for free. And then Windows often asks you to restart your computer

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