What are the disadvantages of running Windows Vista on a Mac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Mr D, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. Mr D macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2007
    What are the disadvantages of running Windows Vista on a Mac rather than a PC?
  2. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    The only disadvantage I can think of is that you are running Vista. :)

    Seriously, there is only 1 that I can think of. Let's say you have 2 identical laptops (in terms of hardware)

    A MacBook Pro (2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 120GB HDD, 128MB 8600M GT)

    A Dell Latitude (2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 120GB HDD, 128MB 8600M GT)

    In terms of how Vista will run, they will be identical so long as the install is identical (they both install Vista Ultimate, they both have the same updates)

    However, the MacBook Pro will not be able to tap-click (meaning you cannot just tap the trackpad, you will have to press the button) which pretty much every other laptop under the sun can do in Windows.

    I am 99% positive that Apple has perfect drivers for XP/Vista sitting around, they are just waiting for Leopard to go Gold before pushing them out. So for now, the Dell can tap-click, the MBP cannot.

    And that is the only disadvantage
  3. Mr D thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2007
    Is there only one way to right click? (2 fingers + click)?
  4. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    ctrl + click
  5. TheQuestion macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2007
    Location is relative, no?
    Some would say it might indicate a degenerative state of mind. Not me though, I like Vista.
  6. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    I've got Vista Ultimate installed on my Mac Pro, and I can't really complain about anything.

    The Mac Pro is the best PC I've ever had, and it runs OS X as well :D

    Actually, I use OS X all the time. I only boot to Windows when needed. But, I have the system fully loaded with all my software from my old PC, and it just flies in Windows. Sadly, I think some tasks in Windows seem to complete faster than they do in OS X. Hopefully Leopard will fix that.

    I've gotten to working with my photos in Windows just because of the power of the photo editors that I have already. And, they seem to work much better than their comparable Mac counter-parts. But, of course I'm cheap. So, I haven't invested in the more expensive options available for the Mac. I've tried the cheapies, and the cheapies in OS X don't seem to do the stuff I need as well as the cheapies in Windows.

    I'm sure if I threw more money at it, I'd find a suitable Mac program. But, for photo editing, my budget is FREE. So, there you go ;)

    The free PC software I use irons out my photo flaws better than the free OS X photo editing software I can find (of which there is little).

    But, I've tinkered with making DVD's in Windows Vista using the built-in tools. And while not as nice as iLife '06 and iMovie 6, I think it works better than iMovie '08.

    It encoded and burned the DVD for an hour movie in about 20 minutes on my Mac Pro. Pretty nice. I haven't used iMovie 6 and iDVD on the Mac Pro yet (I was just tinkering at the moment). But, I'll be starting on a major movie project soon, so I'll get to see how much faster iLife '06 is compared to when I ran it on my G5 pretty soon.

    Seriously, the absolute only complaint I have about Vista on the Mac is the lack of a CD eject button on the front of the computer. In Vista, I have to go to the Computer drives screen, and then click eject. I know the reason is that Vista anticipates a computer with a built-in eject button to open the drive.

    Otherwise, no complaints. Vista is fast, beautiful, and reliable on my Mac.

    Now, if only it would run my OS X programs, then it would be perfect.

    It is nice to have my Mac run Windows so well. I have removed two machines from my cluttered desk, and replaced them both with a single computer now.

    When I need Windows, I just reboot. The Mac Pro runs Windows better than my old PC did :D

    I also run Office 2007 Ultimate on the Mac in Vista Ultimate. And, Office just flies on this machine. No issues at all :)
  7. VideoFreek macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2007
    Really? On my Alu iMac with the new super-flat keyboard, the CD-eject button on the Kybd works under Vista. I'm using the latest drivers (1.4).
  8. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    I don't have an Apple keyboard on my Mac. So, that could be the difference. I've tried the standard F12 (which works in OS X). But, that doesn't seem to work for me in Windows.

    Maybe it's just the difference of the keyboard I'm using then.

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