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DLeyne Calculating status...
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Jan 29, 2013 2:51 PM

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)
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 2:59 PM (in response to DLeyne)

    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.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 3:34 PM (in response to DLeyne)

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

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 3:38 PM (in response to DLeyne)

    OEM will be fine.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:39 PM (in response to DLeyne)

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

     

    Make the partition at least 100GB

  • youngmacdonald Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:57 PM (in response to DLeyne)

    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?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 6:07 PM (in response to Csound1)

    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.

  • youngmacdonald Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 7:02 PM (in response to Csound1)

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

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 7:03 PM (in response to youngmacdonald)

    You know why.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 4:14 AM (in response to youngmacdonald)

    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.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 9:55 AM (in response to DLeyne)

    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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