Why Windows?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by camardelle, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. camardelle macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2011
    When I purchased my iMac in August, I really had no idea how much I'd like using Apple computers. For this reason I never really considered moving anything to the iMac from the Windows machine I was using. I justified this by telling myself that one (uno/single) program I used wouldn't run on my iMac and still have it in place. This was a program I'd use to create custom routes to upload to my gps. I've started using BaseCamp for Mac and am slowly making the adjustment.

    My question is, why would I want to run Windows on my machine? I see a lot of folks doing just that and can't imagine why other than for software that isn't Mac compatible. I'm not a gamer so maybe that's why?

    I'm not judging, but I'm thinking of taking the leap completely in Apple computers and losing any semblance of Windows altogether and transferring all my pics and such to my iMac and MBP.

    Am I off base here?
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    You answered your own question there. I have Windows XP in BootCamp just so I can play some older Windows games that I still enjoy.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Some people like apple hardware but prefer windows as the OS, so there's people who load windows for that reason.

    other reasons include software that is not available on OSX, playing games and what not. Basically its personal preference, they choose to run windows partly or fully because they want too :)
  4. rowley macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    London, UK
    Im a convert, and there is only one thing that I have not yet managed to do on a mac. That is digitally signing .EXE and .AIR files.
    For that I use a very small windowsxp virtualbox machine, thats it.
    Thinking about it, I can probably do .AIR apps now on mac too. So it's just the Windows .EXE files.

    Other than that everything I do is Mac.
  5. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    Probably because in alot of cases, windblows runs better on a mac than it does on a beige box peecee.

    whodathunkit :eek:
  6. camardelle thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2011
    Wow! Using a Mac has really had a positive impact on me. LOL

    Thanks for all the replies. I have to admit that I'm not head over heels in love with the Mac version of the software I'm using, but in all fairness I haven't given it a good chance yet. If I get accustomed to it, my Windows machine will definitely get used even less than it does now.
  7. identity macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2011
    I'm returning my iMac for a Windows today. I just don't want to run Bootcamp or pay for Parallel and most of the program I'll need for college is Windows based. I miss notepadd++ like crazy!!! I figure there's no point in running Windows on a Mac when I can get a Windows laptop for cheaper.

    I love my iMac in the short time I had it and maybe I'll get it after I'm done with School.
  8. KeithJenner macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    I use windows purely for a couple of Apps required for work which are Windows only (mainly our accounts/payroll software).

    I did use parallels for a while, but after a while I decided that I would rather not have windows on the machine, so I found an old Windows laptop and I use that instead. I also use remote desktop to work directly on our server.

    I far prefer doing it this way, although it makes moving files around a bit harder (I have to use idisk to move files and obviously will have that change that soon).

    If it wasn't for work then I could leave windows completely.
  9. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    I'm running my windows out of VMWare Fusion. Very nice for the few thinks I would use. Maybe not for gaming but some stuff from the company is just fine. Not really often used though.
    I also used it to install the Win8 preview or ML 10.8. I never used BootCamp and will not. Just VMWare. Is just too easy.
  10. nefan65 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2009
    I run Windows 7 on VirtualBox. VB is free, and works well. I only use it for MS Project @ Work, so I need it for that only. If MS had a OSX Version, I'd never need it.
  11. MSlaw macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2010
    My next windows PC will be a game launcher for me, that's it. I used every Microsoft OS since DOS 5, but switched to OS X a couple years ago. Funny thing is it was kind of on accident. I just wanted to see what the programming environment was like.

    Anyway, if you aren't a gamer or don't require anything that requires native video drivers under windows, then you can just toss it in a VM to launch EXEs. IMO, it's they best way to run windows anyway because you can bring some of the workflows over from OS X (if you set it up to share the mac filesystem).
  12. redache macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2011
    There are plenty of replacements for Notepad++ on the Mac, Chocolate.app is in beta and that seems like a really nice text editor :).
  13. davidcmc macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2009
  14. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    My wife runs Windows in Vmware because her office uses a VPN client that is Windows only. She literally opens a full Windows session simply to browse office's network folders, and to copy the document she needs.

    I only have Windows installed in Vmware so I can do tech support for my wife. The only time I fire it up is when I need to figure out something for her.

    For everything else we are totally Windows-less. It was tougher for my wife because she came a Windows Corporate environment... but now she has no desire to return to Windows. I've never actually been in a Windows only environment - well, since Win 3.1. I went from DOS to (briefly) Win 3.1 to IBM's OS/2 (including eComStation) Apple's OS X 10.4.

    So, I've never felt the transitionary angst of losing Windows' benefits. :D

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