Which version of Windows???

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by glasswave, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. glasswave macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I've been loving playing around with my new top end late 2013 retina MacBook Pro! But it's becoming time to get more serious.

    I need to install Windows using boot camp. Which version of Windows works best on a rMBP? Win 7 ulimate-64 or is is Windows 8 or 8.1 better. How does each work with the retina display? Do you have to scale you text and icons? Does it do 4 to 1 pixel binning to simulate 1440x900? How does the touch pad work? Do you still have all the gestures?

    I run Win 7-64 & osX at work and w7-64 on my home workstation, but I'll upgrade to 8.1 for the mbp if it gains me anything.
     
  2. Jaben3421 macrumors regular

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    I'm not positive on this, so correct me if I'm wrong, but last I heard Windows 7 doesn't fully support the rMBP resolution. I think only Windows 8 can fully support the rMBP's high resolution. As far as Windows 8 or 8.1, if you can find 8 for cheaper than buy it and upgrade for free. But remember that every time you need to fresh install, you have to install 8 and upgrade to 8.1. Other than that, get which either one you can find cheaper.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd say windows 8 is your best bet at this stage, its a solid OS and you can disable metro if you wish. The supplied drivers for apple are current and support the retina hardware.
     
  4. Turnpike macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone have anything to add to this....? I'm looking to use Parells and Windows 7 on both a Retina 15" MBP and again on a 27" iMac. I really prefer to use Windows 7, and dont mind buying Windows 7 Ultimate if that would help.

    1) Is one version of Windows 7 better than another for either machine? (Win 7 Home Premium vs Win 7 Ultimate

    2) Will any version of Win 7 let me enjoy the Retina part of the display on the MBP?

    Thank you!
     
  5. nathan43082 macrumors member

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  6. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    Only if you set the resolution to 2880x1800 and scaling to 199%. Otherwise, Windows 8.1 has better (though not as good as OS X) support for HiDPI.
     
  7. oldhifi macrumors 6502a

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    I have Windows 7 on my Mac Mini, no problems..but never use the upgrade do a full install..
     
  8. mintfan7200 macrumors member

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    Get windows 7 it is a great os . Windows 8 is ok but I think windows 7 is a better option in my opinion . You should also give linux a try .
     
  9. willie45, Feb 27, 2014
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    Can i just be clear because I'm going to buy windows 8. I will run it on a 27" iMac mid 2011. I believe I need the 64bit version is this right? Also I am slightly confused because I was about to buy one then noticed it said it was for windows 7 upgragers but then it also said it would do a "full install" which I assume means it would be fine for my purposes. ( I don't have any version of windows at all at the moment )

    It also says 32/64bit so I assume it will install either?

    Here's a link to what I'm considering buying

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-W...UTF8&qid=1393516579&sr=8-2&keywords=windows+8

    thanks for your help
     

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