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Adding Windows 7 and Parallel Software

by tmccoy14 / May 28, 2010 4:33 AM PDT

I just bought a MacBook Pro and while I love somethings about it, I miss being able to use some windows functions. What are the problems with adding Windows to it? I have time to return it and go back to a PC but I think if it had the other operating system as well I would love it..seems like a lot of money though to keep it if I am running windows on it..

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I guess that depends
by Jimmy Greystone / May 28, 2010 8:31 AM PDT

I guess that depends on what it is you miss about Windows. There are a couple of different options for running Windows software though. There's Boot Camp, which basically lets you run Windows natively on your system, and then there's VMWare/Parallels which lets you run it along side Mac OS X. There's a performance hit, but since the CPU instruction set is the same, it's pretty minimal.

But there may be things you aren't aware of about OS X, or maybe it really is better for you to return it and get a Windows based laptop. Won't really know unless you can be a bit more specific than "some windows functions."

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by tmccoy14 / May 28, 2010 8:56 AM PDT
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Thank you. I spent awhile talking to the Apple folks and I think I am going to try parallel and windows 7. My biggest gripe is not being able to run my MSN mail from it..I know very minimal problem but I have been with them for years and I have a lot of important emails on there that don't transfer by just using hotmail. My printer seems to be having issues with sharing between the Mac and the PC we have here..I appreciate the advice.

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You might want to try Virtual Box.
by Badknee / May 29, 2010 2:08 AM PDT
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Our university is in the process of going all Mac. About 3/4 of the faculty have MacBook Pros now. Rest will get them next year. Some of the faculty, as well as some of the staff, need Windows to run some particular piece of software. Boot Camp wasn't much of an option, as they needed to go back and forth. They didn't like having to reboot each time.

I have used Parallels in the past, with no major problems except for the performance hit. So, I really have nothing bad to say about it. When I got Snow Leopard, I couldn't use my current Parallels and I didn't want to pay the fee to upgrade.

I just got my new MBP a few weeks ago. Our IT people are putting Virtual Box on our new Macs. I haven't had the chance to use it yet, only booting to make sure it worked, but the ones that have used it have reported good results.

Here's the link in case you want to try it. It's FREE, which is one point in its favor. Happy

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