Windows Problems

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Buskins, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Buskins macrumors member

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    Hi folks,

    I have the late 2012 iMac with all the bells and whistles (minus SSD, I stuck with fusion).

    I have a question regarding Windows 7 & 8. For my old iMac I had Windows 7 Home Basic, and when I got my new iMac I installed the 64Bit version and quickly found out of my 32GB RAM windows was capping at 8GB (lame).

    So I upgraded to Windows 8 and ... well it's horrific. I find it to be my own personal definition of horrible. Add to that half the time I log in it logs me into a temporary profile for no apparent reason, when it wakes up it crashes citing something about a thread exception - and sometimes will just flat out crash due to sometime about a watchdog?!

    I want to go back to Windows 7 - but I want to use ALL my RAM. You know, I bought 32GB for a reason, I'd like to use it all, not 8GB.

    So to go back to Windows 7 will I have to buy the Professional version? It's over 200 pounds. I upgraded to Windows 8 because the upgrade was dirt cheap, and it uses all my RAM by default.

    So consider me between a rock and a hard place,seeking advise, not wanting to spend a needless amount of money.

    /Buskins
     
  2. simsaladimbamba, Apr 19, 2013
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    simsaladimbamba

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    If you cannot live with Windows 8 (Metro, or whatever it is called now, can probably be deactivated or circumvented), then Windows Professional and higher are the only options to support more than 8 or 16 GB of RAM.
     
  3. Buskins thread starter macrumors member

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    I have no idea what the below quote means:

    (Metro, or whatever it is called now, can probably deactivated or circumvented)
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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  5. Buskins thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh right, interesting.

    It's not just the layout (which I find difficult to navigate), it's also the constant crashes I think are tied to the drivers.
     
  6. justperry macrumors G3

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    Make sure you downloaded the latest bootcamp drivers from Apple and for the right device.(MBP-Mini-MacPro....)
     
  7. Buskins thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah the installation of bootcamp got the drivers for me. I downloaded newer ones that were linked on a thread in this site somewhere-- guess they are buggy. I plan to do a fresh Windows install in a week so that is why I asked my question now to get any insight.

    Looks like it'll be Windows 8 again with a few tweaks.

    FYI for anyone installing Windows 8 by first installing Windows 7 and then upgrading ... it's a pain in the arse :rolleyes:
     

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