Win 7 or Win 8.1 under Fusion. Which behaves best?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Stunned Monkey, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Stunned Monkey macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2013
    Getting a 13-in rMBP for Christmas (2.6/512/16) and will want to install a Windows VM (no bootcamp) for the occasional Windows app. I'll be using VMWare Fusion Pro 6. I have access to both Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and have no preference between the two for this purpose. (My other daily systems use 8.1). Do either of these behave better than the other in a Fusion 6 environment? I'm hoping to use Unity mode, if that makes a difference.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I have a VM set up for both under Fusion
    Both work well and I have no problems with either install

    I have to say, I am not a fan of Win 8.1 tho
    I don't have a touch enabled screen, so I went the route of installing the tweaks to get the start menu back and such
    And I have installed the desktop apps instead of the touch screen apps

    I would say that either would be sufficient for your needs and work well
    It is more of a personal preference at this point
    I was able to get Office 2013/Project/Visio/etc through work for a song so I installed 8.1 for them
    Otherwise I would have just stayed with my Win 7 install as it worked well

    2013 rMBP 2.6/16GB/1TB
  3. trimiton macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2013
    Well, we are currently at the point that Windows 8(8.1) is performance-wise better than Windows 7. Yeah, it might not be a big one, but it's in there :)

    From my own point of view: go with 8, and forget about 7 :)

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