Windows on a MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by soccerb12ku, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. soccerb12ku macrumors member

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    I plan on getting a MacBook 2.4 and I was wondering If you think that it is worth it or not putting windows on it? Does putting windows on your mac slow it down at all or anytihng? I would use windows for AutoCAD and some games maybe if I put it on (I dont need it though)...so im just wondering if it will slow it down or if it is worth it if, even if I don't use it much. And if you think I should do it should I use boot camp or parralells?

    thanks for any help!
     
  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    I use BootCamp for my basic Windows needs. I chose that route because I'm cheap, and BootCamp is Free, as is Windows7 Beta/RC1 (For now, it'll expire 10/22).

    The OS X partition is completely unaffected by the Windows partition, and with the updated BootCamp drivers, 7 runs flawlessly.

    Search around or use MRoogle (http://mroogle.*************/), you'll find tons of threads on this topic.
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    BootCamp with Win7 RC is your best bet, bud..
     
  4. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    If you can do without it... leave it off.

    Were it not for this one lone piece o' crap application I need for my job (coded for MS-DOS :D), I'd have weened my mac from windows long ago.
     
  5. JCastro macrumors 6502a

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    If you will use Windows then it is worth it.

    My last MBP I used Windows via VMWare. I have Windows running via Bootcamp on my current MBP. I really think I prefer using VMWare or Parallels
    though. I don't Windows very often and when I do it is usually for a about 5-30 minutes of work. I end up hating to have to reboot twice for just that and I am usually doing something on the OS X side at the same time which really makes it a pain. It is one or the other so I end up waiting until I get to my office at some point and jump on a PC to deal with it. With VMWare/Parallels I could use it like any other application and could go back and forth and shut it back down after I am done.

    Just my thoughts and experience. Hope it helps out.

    -JC-
     
  6. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    Just so you know the RC doesnt expire until June 1st, 2010 with bi hourly shutdowns beginning March 1st, 2009

     
  7. bubbagumpshrimp macrumors 6502

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    In theory wouldn't bootcamp be better for running games on windows than WMVare/Paralles since they are keeping Apples OS running simultaneously?
     
  8. RiCEADDiCTBOY macrumors 6502a

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    how much space do you guys usually partition for windows?
     
  9. bobnugget macrumors regular

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    Are you a student at college/university? If you are, you can download Windows Server 2008 for free from Microsoft via the dreamspark program - it's like a slightly faster version of Vista, and will do pretty much anything Vista can with a little bit of tweaking.
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Virtualization is nearly useless for games. Most games require direct access to 3D graphics hardware.

    One alternative if your needs are modest is VirtualBox which is a free virtualization program.
     
  11. Zazoh macrumors 6502a

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    Don't use, when I fled windows after using MS products since DOS 4.2. I broke the mirror and am not looking back.
     
  12. opinioncircle macrumors 6502a

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    I personally don't plan to use Windows. I mean, all I need is Office, and I'll get the Mac version of the software.
     

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