win 7 or 8

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by fjs08, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. fjs08 macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2003
    Getting a MBAir. Want to run Windows. Will use Bootcamp since my use will be limited to some baseball games I cant' run on a Mac.
    does it matter whether I use Win 7 or 8?? Should I stay away from one or the other.
    Is installing one or the other pretty straight foreword????
  2. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    Use 7. Avoid 8.
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    I had many issues installing 8 on my MacBook Pro, however those issues seem to be limited to that model. A friend of mine had no issues installing 8 off a USB in his 2011 MBA so I doubt you'll have any issues. Just go with the version you prefer...
  4. -Concept- macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2012
    In front of a computer. Any computer.
    Windows 7 is what I would go with. Apple has released drivers for Windows 7 already, so the functional keys, sound, and WiFi will work. If you're willing to give up the reliability of those for a brand new OS, go with Windows 8.
  5. LaymansDomain macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2012
  6. Yamcha macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    I would personally go Windows 8, some of the multi-tasking features are really useful. An example is you can do everything you'd want on a desktop, and on the side you can dock Netflix, E-Mail, Messenger etc for example:

  7. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    I can do that in 7 by resizing windows.

    In fact, even better, i can have multiple windows on each edge of the screen.
  8. DagazaGZ macrumors regular


    Dec 13, 2010
  9. JoeyPalmer macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2012
    I also had this question in my mind that whether I should go for windows 7 or 8 on my mac.

    I'm already using Windows 7 on my windows based laptop, and was thinking to dual boot with windows 8.

    But on my mac, I was not sure which OS to choose from. Many here have voted for windows 7.

    Anyways i'll be discussing it with my friend as well (who is a tech guy) and will wait for some more suggestions here.
  10. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Go with whichever is the cheapest.

    If that's Windows 8, go for that. If your not spending lots of time in the OS and only playing games, what does it matter if Metro and the new start menu are not to everyone's taste.

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