Why would you install Windows on a Mac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by bkpon, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. bkpon macrumors newbie

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    I am a long time Windows user. I know of most of the problems with Windows. Why would anyone EVER want to set up Windows on a Mac? Isn't Mac OS superior to Windows? Why would you put yourself through all of the headaches that come with Windows?
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Some who can put up with those headaches install it in Boot Camp to play games. Others sidestep many of them by installing in a virtual machine because they have apps they need to access that simply aren't available for OS X.
     
  3. andy.barron macrumors 6502

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    games. Thats it. Even then, I would probably just go for a PS3.
     
  4. iMpathetic macrumors 68030

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    Some people, in turn, install it just to prove they can. I know two people who've done that, not including me :)
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1. Games
    2. Games
    3. Games
    4. Visual Studio

    I just use Windows for games and programming in Windows. I love OS X much more then Windows but I know how to maintain both of them.

    At the end of the day an operating system is just a tool and nothing more.
     
  6. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    What problems? I'm a long time user of Windows too, and I haven't had any problems that more RAM couldn't fix.

    Because (for some things) Windows is a superior OS.

    Not always.

    I installed XP in bootcamp, upgraded to Vista once I found was able to download it. I haven't had any headaches yet (except for file transfer in Vista, UGH!)

    Does that help? :)
     
  7. djejrejk macrumors 6502a

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    Threads like this are why the rest of the world thinks that Mac users are snobs w/ low self esteem.

    Windows works just well enough for many people, especially those with little tech knowledge, gamers and those who just need a machine to use Word and check email. Another point,.. believe it or not, many people don't "get" OS X. Thats fine by me, the point that OS X approaches 30-40% market share, security goes down the tubes on the Mac.
     
  8. lugesm macrumors 6502a

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    I installed VMWare Fusion and Windows XP because I use Intuit's Quicken for home and church records. Also use Intuit's TurboTax for Windows.

    The Mac version of Quicken is markedly inferior to the Windows version. Not sure about Intuit's TurboTax/Mac, but if it follows the Quicken pattern, I would be afraid to use it.

    Further, I have some small programs such as the file management program for Sony voice recorders that do not run on the Mac at all.

    Unfortunately, some hardware/software suppliers do not write for the Mac or write inferior software for the smaller Mac market.
     
  9. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    website testing and some editing. not all software is mac-compatible yet.
     
  10. djejrejk macrumors 6502a

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    After re-reading this, I realize that I sound snobbish. haha!
     
  11. amanda kathryn macrumors regular

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    but why spend twice as much on a mac and then turn around and install windows :confused: why not just buy a PC in the first place, this is what i never understood.
     
  12. lugesm macrumors 6502a

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    Simple. Most things "Mac" are better . . . . but not everything.
     
  13. theLimit macrumors 6502a

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    I want one machine that runs everything. Mac OS X is by far the most enjoyable to me, but I sometimes need to run things in Windows or Linux. Like a previous poster said, an OS is just a tool. I wouldn't expect a single screwdriver to serve all my screw driving needs, sometimes I need a crosshead (OS X), sometimes slotted (Windows), and occasionally torx (Linux). It all depends on what job you need to do.
     
  14. cohibadad macrumors 6502a

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    easy for me. IE only web interfaces for my business use. No way to get around it. I use OSX for everything else.
     
  15. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    for you being a long time windows user, i would have expected to already know the answer to your question.....
     
  16. bkpon thread starter macrumors newbie

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  17. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    and not really being able to upgrade hardware, use alot of windows only programs, no games, etc

    are these not problems?

    each platform isnt problem free by any means
     
  18. bkpon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anyways, Thank you to all who have posted. And to set things straight, My first computer experience was with printcard punchers. Then came the Original MacIntosh. After that I have used IBM clones exclusively. The Mac had games for it, and at the time, they were great. Since then, all I've heard was that everything else was better on a Mac: Sound, Graffics, ability to do more with less. Less clutter.

    Maybe I'm just tired of putting up with IBM systems.
     
  19. kondspi macrumors regular

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    There is a sentiment that Windows runs better as an app in Mac OS. I have Parallels, and tend to agree with this.

    For me, it's the sheer thrill of having a functioning Windows setup, and giving it the Apple-Q.

    What is Windows primarily good for, though? Wootalyzer.
     
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    I mainly use it for PowerDVD (CyberLink, if you're reading this, please make a Mac version! And fix all the bugs!) and occasionally for Visual Studio. However, it's good to have as a "just in case".
     
  21. chocolate632 macrumors 6502

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    I have XP on my iMac just for games and it runs amazingly fast compared to my dad's pc that has the same specs
     
  22. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816

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    Spider Solitaire and MS Pinball :D




    Yes, I wasted HD space for that.
     
  23. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    Games. I'm a Mac Gamer, I always have been, and installing Windows XP just to play games doesn't trouble me at all.
     
  24. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    so i can play my older sims2 and city city 4 games so i dont have to rebuy them
     

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