Why do people run Windows on Mac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by macuser1232, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. macuser1232 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey I just wanted to start a forum for people to post their uses for windows on their Mac. The only reason I can think of is using windows for business uses on your mac so you don't have to use a pc.
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    what's with these naive questions? first why do people use external monitors and now this?

    If you don't see the need, then who cares why others do
     
  3. utahman130 macrumors 6502a

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  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    games that aren't made for macs?
    testing to see if things are compatible?
    work requirements?
    windows-only software?

    the list goes on and on. i actually think the fact that Macs can run Windows is one the reasons that Apple is seeing growth because it gives you even more options than a Windows only machine.
     
  5. janitor1999 macrumors regular

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    To run Microsoft money 2006, the best home finance program i have found. There is no mac equivalent.
     
  6. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so with all these windows softwares people still stick with their macs and don't switch back?
     
  7. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    Because some people use some applications that are only available or run better on OS X, and some applications that only run on Windows, and they want to run it both on the same computer.

    And games. You said you're 13 in another thread- you of all people should know this ;)
     
  8. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I use mine to run Windows 8 and check out Metro apps and work with my Android devices that need to be used with rooting/flashing utilities besides the Android SDK (I just use the OS X Terminal for that). I used to use the Amazon Unbox Player, but I have a Kindle Fire, so I use that instead now.

    Pretty much otherwise most of the apps I use have been ported to OS X or I've found alternatives. There's really no use for Boot Camp these days unless you're a developer.
     
  9. Yamcha macrumors 68000

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    Since I'm a Web Designer, I really only use Windows on mac when testing websites on browsers.. And sometimes for Gaming.. But I'd say 90% on Mac OS..
     
  10. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    Or a gamer. There's still a lot of Windows-only games, both launched and soon to be launched titles haven't been or will not be ported to OS X.

    Even when they do port games, it's usually just a poor port or a hacked up Cider wrap which works extremely poorly.
     
  11. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

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    To play Sins Of A Solar Empire and to open up Windows only packages.

    I bought Trainz 12 for windows, but find the Mac Trainz 10 port is far better and runs much more smoothly.
     
  12. taedouni macrumors 65816

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    To run any software that is not compatible with OSX or software that is not as optimized as it is on Windows (Games).
     
  13. pesos macrumors 6502a

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    To have a usable OS that doesn't have contempt for the user and treat them like a moron? (hyperbole, relax fanbois)

    I spend 99% of my time in windows. Nice to be able to run 2880x1800 without having to jump through ridiculous hoops/hacks, not to mention the plethora of software titles and tools only available for wintel.

    Apple makes the best hardware around, but I have never been a fan of OS X. The rMBP gives me the best software on the best hardware for my needs.
     
  14. MJL macrumors 6502a

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    As mentioned before by another poster: the financial world does not care about mac's OS X - serious financial software is virtually non-existent on OS X. I love the small form factor of the Mac mini (server), the ability to travel with it to remote places and hooking it up to the hotel's TV (my eyes have deteriorated and cannot use a laptop screen - too small). The lighter weight than a laptop when traveling, the robustness (had more than one laptop go south because of inconsiderate fellow travellers) and above all the silent fan. With the two internal disks (one 500 Gb 7200 rpm, one 128 Gb SSD) I do not need to carry additional stuff for backup / recovery (external backup stuff at home, this covers 99% of the recovery requirements).

    I run Windows 7 99% of the time and use OS X only to back the Windows SSD up. Can see a need for internet access using OS X if the SSD would fail but that is about it.

    Please let me know if you find a pure windows machine that has hardware support in most countries and that is as compact and quiet.
     
  15. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Bought an iMac in 2009 to try out Macs. After playing around with OS X for a few weeks, decided to try how bootcamp worked. Installed Windows 7 on the iMac, and suddenly had the best Windows computer I've ever used. I then bought a 2010 Air, again for running Windows. There's no all-in-one desktop PC quite like the iMac, and at the time I bight the Air, no other PC maker made a notebook like it -- the ultrabooks didn't exist yet. I use Apple computers because they make better hardware than the rest of PC makers, and I use Windows 7 because I find it suits my needs better than OS X.
     
  16. cariocap macrumors member

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    I second that.

    99% in windows and 1% i OS/X to perform updates to the system.

    IMHO, the best OS with the best hardware.
     
  17. PerplexShyt macrumors 6502

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    i use it to run programs that don't run on a mac.

    and also remote loggin in to my computer at work, which only supports windows....ugh
     
  18. TwoBytes macrumors 68020

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    I run windows to remind myself why I use OSX.
     
  19. JackHobbs macrumors regular

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    I have a few pieces of software that only run on Windows, for instance a word plug in that allows me to draw 3D maths diagrams, and so I run Windows 7 using VM Fusion. It was also quite comforting when I first started using a mac (or when I went over to the dark side according to friends). A couple of years later and I rarely use my Windows virtual machine but it is there if I need it.
     
  20. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    because of gaming, and its cheaper for some people. thats 2 of way more reasons but thats 2 for me.
     
  21. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure?

    Are you sure?
     
  22. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Heh. I keep trying OS X every so often. But then something would annoy me and I find myself back with Windows. Like the other day, I was trying to find which of my many external hard drives had the most free space. On Windows that info is avaiable with one click on My Computer. On OS X I had to dig several levels into System Info to find that info.
     
  23. Yamcha macrumors 68000

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    You know I used to say the exact same thing about Mac OS when I was using Windows, later I realized that just because Mac OS makes things easier for users doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad thing..

    While I've never had issues with Windows, and still love Microsoft, I find generally things are easier on the Mac side, maybe I've become lazy, but now when I use Windows, small things like having to install drivers or Adobe Reader etc really annoy me..

    I think in just a few words I'd say that with Mac OS generally you get = peace of mind.. You could certainly do the same on the Windows platform, but just based on my personal experience it requires more setup or time invested on getting certain things to work or get going..
     
  24. MJL macrumors 6502a

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    In a large business environment the Mac is not the easiest to integrate with customized security settings etc... For a home environment Windows might be overkill.

    As they say: "horses for causes" The security settings I require cannot be accomplished to my satisfaction in OS X and that is besides the fact that the specialised software that I require only works under windows.
     
  25. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Because I want to use the best operating system that money can buy! :D
     

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