Windows on Mac decisions

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by brian9271, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. brian9271 macrumors 6502

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    I was thinking of downloading Windows on my Mac

    Any advantages and disadvantages points of Windows on Mac would be nice so that I can make a decision, thanks.
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Advantage: you can run software made for Windows...
    Disadvantages: You need a copy of Windows. It takes up hard drive space.
     
  3. brian9271 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey if you get Windows on your Mac, and get a virus, that will screw your Mac up right?
     
  4. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    They are separate partitions. So no. Unless you install software specifically so Windows can write to the OS X partition, which then it could. Be under normal circumstances, it cannot affect the OS X partition. If you get a virus that can't be fixed, you can just reformat the Windows partition.
     
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    So the Windows partition will be affected and not the Mac partition, right, and if you removed the Windows partition, everything will be fine on your Mac?
     
  6. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Na,in the unlikey event a windows virus did migrate across OS X wouldn't
    understand it,the only need for Mac AV would be to scan e-mail attachments
    so you dont forward them onto your windows buddy's

    edit brian9271 you are correct in the above statment#5,just think of it as like having to separate
    OS's but on the same machine
     
  7. brian9271 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great, thanks for the help, now I'm going to see how to get Windows for free, although I might not install it just yet, I gotta see what the pro's say.
     
  8. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Yes, you are correct. The Mac OS X side of things will be fine.
     
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