Which version of Windows is best for Yosemite?

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  1. MBP_187 macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    I am using MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011), 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, 512 SSD, just upgraded my RAM to 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 (from 4 Gb 1333MHz).

    I am running Yosemite, Version 10.10.5 (14F1808).

    I am a relatively new MBP owner. I want to install Windows through Bootcamp. I am reading up on that in the Forum.

    I would like advice, user experiences on which version of windows is best/smooth on Yosemite, given my system configuration.

    I upgraded the RAM, so that I could install Windows. I would also like to instal a virtual machine (VM) in the windows partion , so that I may have quick access to windows if need be.

    I like OS X, and prefer to use it more, but I have to use MS Excel on a regular basis for work. So I would like to use OS X and have the VM there, so I can use it for Excel ( and Word if need be). I would like to keep windows installed through Bootcamp, in case I need to work in a windows environment and it requires more processing than available through VM.

    As I said, I'm a newbie, and I have read up on these things from this Forum, so thanks to the Forum. I would like guidance from you all on how best to achieve this.

    Thanks in advance for the replies :)
     
  2. MBP_187 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for your reply tubeexperiance.

    I was thinking Windows 7 would suffice for my needs.

    Are you using Virtual Box?

    Are you using Windows through BootCamp?
     
  3. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Terrible idea. Windows 7 is terribly outdated.

    It was released the same year as Mac OS X Snow Leopard

    BootCamp
     
  4. SteveJUAE macrumors 68000

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    Agreed :)
     
  5. belvdr macrumors 603

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    If you're going to run Windows via Bootcamp, it's not running on OS X at all. The two are not related.
     
  6. SteveJUAE macrumors 68000

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    They are in a small way as you know depending on which version of MacOS you are running for the average user bootcamp assistant will only allow version X of windows or higher

    If the user upgrades to newer MacOS he's likely only to have Win10 as a choice and reverting back to Win 7 would be harder in some scenarios
     
  7. MBP_187 thread starter macrumors member

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    If the user upgrades to newer MacOS he's likely only to have Win10 as a choice and reverting back to Win 7 would be harder in some scenarios[/QUOTE]

    Thank you for your input SteveJUAE :)

    I do not intend to upgrade from Yosemite anytime soon. I was thinking that Win 7 would suffice for my needs. I have recently read about 'drivers' for Windows through Bootcamp, and it seems that it might be easier to install Win 7 (...?)

    Also, do you have any advice/instructions/links on how I may install Windows through the VirtualBox app?

    Thanks in advance for replies.
     
  8. SteveJUAE, Jan 24, 2017
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    Sorry can't advise on VB app

    I would still recommend Win10 you can get keys very reasonable priced and the compatibility mode should help if the bootcamp drivers are troublesome but most of Apple stuff for KB etc should be fine

    You can even skip the registration part during installation to see its working fine before getting a key

    FYI I installed Win10 on an old 2006/7 MM biscuit tin PC from Sony we use just for streaming with zero issues
     
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    You need to think again as Win10 is light years ahead of 7. So many updates and patches on 7. I moved to 10 Pro and it has been awesome.
     
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    I'm using Windows 10 (through BootCamp) on my early-2011 MacBook Pro. Previously used Windows 7 and then upgraded to 10.

    I would also recommend updating to MacOS Sierra. Is there a particular reason why you want to stay on Yosemite?
     
  11. MBP_187 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have recently installed Windows 10 in my MBP, through VirtualBox. It is running smoothly, so far.

    I'm relatively new to Apple products and MBP. I have read on the Forum that Sierra consumes a lot of RAM; not sure if this is true.

    For my current needs, Yosemite seems to be performing well, so I do not have any incentive for upgrading. I have not read anything on the Forum to suggest otherwise. I'm sure there are some benefits to using El Captain / Sierra, but they might be incremental for me.

    Thank you for your post.
     
  12. chrfr macrumors 603

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    It doesn't really, and with 16GB in your computer, you have no reason to be concerned.
     
  13. MBP_187 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info.

    I have 16Gb RAM, but I have allocated 2 Gb for Android emulator (Andy) and 4Gb for Windows 10, both in VirtualBox.

    But you are right, 10 Gb RAM should be enough for Sierra. Just cannot think of any good reason to upgrade.
     

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