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DLeyne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Am student using windows AutoCAD at school.  Bought Mac Pro and want to run bootcamp for Win partition, but have not purchased Windows yet.  Two questions: Win 7 or Win 8 for running AutoCAD? Full version or do I need an OEM version.  Or do I abandon Windows and just download CAD for Mac?


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,385 points)

    Tough one ....

     

    I would choose AutoCad over the alternatives, the Windows version of Autocad over the Mac one, and (the bit you won't like) a Windows machine over a Mac to run it on.

  • 2. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    DLeyne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wish I could do both, but if given the choice I will always go with Mac.  Now, what to do about being able to run AutoCAD. Thanks anyhow!

  • 3. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,385 points)

    Then I would use Boot Camp and install the Windows version, but you should check if the Mac version works for you first.

  • 4. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    DLeyne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay...Windows 8 not supported.  But that still leaves the question.  Windows 7 full versions or the OEM?

  • 5. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,385 points)

    OEM will be fine.

  • 6. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    DLeyne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My understanding is that an OEM version is proprietary to the computer you install it on and the disclaimer states that you have no windows support.  Not sure what that means but it is all very confusing. Does "full version" mean that it is can be installed on the new partition? And how much space should I give the partition knowing I am going to be running AutoCAD?  Please help the rookie...

  • 7. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,385 points)

    An unbranded OEM gets support from MS, but you can only install (or reinstall) on one machine.

     

    Make the partition at least 100GB

  • 8. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    youngmacdonald Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    OEM = original equipment manufacturer and should only be since you didnt manufacture your machine you should pay for the full version. Or am I wrong?

  • 9. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,385 points)

    And to youngmacdonald as well.

     

    Clarification, the 'OEM' disks are for specific manufacturers and should not be used, but they are not sold at retail outlets. The disks commonly called OEM are properly referred to as 'System Builder' disk.

     

    But who really cares about the labels any more.

  • 10. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    youngmacdonald Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    Apparently alot of people in the music industry get quite upset as do  filmmakers, Software companies, FBI, ETC     Why not download a pirate copy?

  • 11. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,385 points)

    You know why.

  • 12. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,970 points)

    youngmacdonald wrote:

     

    OEM = original equipment manufacturer and should only be since you didnt manufacture your machine you should pay for the full version. Or am I wrong?

    You are wrong.

     

    OEM could have two definitions. One, the branded computer manufacturers like Dell, HP, etc. These OEMs are created for specific hardware and will only work on that hardware. These branded OEMs are pre-installed by the manufacturera.

     

    OEM also refers to full System Builder versions of Windows. These are available from retailers for people who buy computers/hardware that do not include preinstalled Windows operating systems. These can be installed by anyone on any compatable computer that does not already have an operating system installed. These are not branded. Since your Bootcamped computer does not have a Windows operating system already installed, you can use this OEM version.

  • 13. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    DLeyne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    BobTheFisherman, if I am to understand you correctly I could purchase the OEM version, equally I could install a full version, yes?  Is there anything that I should be aware of when running bootcamp, and the Windows installation?  Or is it pretty straight forward?

  • 14. Re: To Windows or not to Windows
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,385 points)

    You can use either version, as for Boot Camp, download, print and READ the directions. It is not straightforward and there are possible pitfalls.

     

    Don't even start until you have a current, tested backup.

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