5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2013 8:42 AM by mdb288
geraldGV Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I would like to know if anyone has experience running Windows 7 on their iMac?


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: I am considering loading Windows 7 on my iMac so I can run QuickBooks and Quicken on Windows.  Does anyone have experience running Windows 7 on their Mac?
    Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (19,510 points)

    I used to run win7 ultimate 64bit eddition it worked great

    now I updated to win8 pro it also works fine

     

    if you are not going to play games or use very very demanding applications such as pro 3d modeling or hd video edting

     

    then rather then using bootcamp I would use VirtualBox or Vmware player or something like that

    it's easier and faster to start and let you have it as a window in osx if you want

  • 2. Re: I am considering loading Windows 7 on my iMac so I can run QuickBooks and Quicken on Windows.  Does anyone have experience running Windows 7 on their Mac?
    mdb288 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I just installed VMware fusion with win7 to run

    Quicken 2012 (yesterday in fact)

     

    I am very impressed ... You would not know it is a pc program...

     

    It can run in its own window with an icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen just like a native Mac program ...

     

    U can also run the windows desktop in a window...when maximized to full screen it is like a windows desktop or laptop ...

     

    I was very impressed...

     

    VMware has a 30 day trial...

  • 3. Re: I am considering loading Windows 7 on my iMac so I can run QuickBooks and Quicken on Windows.  Does anyone have experience running Windows 7 on their Mac?
    geraldGV Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your comments, they were encourging.  Did you installVMware fusion yourself?

    geraldgv

  • 4. Re: I am considering loading Windows 7 on my iMac so I can run QuickBooks and Quicken on Windows.  Does anyone have experience running Windows 7 on their Mac?
    mdb288 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    vmware is easy to install a few minutes...

     

    then when it is in it is in...it has a drop down menu...add a new virtual machine...

     

    it is all set up to do a windows install...you answer some question...put in the long activation code from the windows DVD...then it looks for the DVD and installs windows...you dont need alot of skill...

     

    for me the hard part was:

     

    1. my MacBook Air does not have a dvd drive...i had to make a 'bootable iso image" of my window DVD

         it took me 2 hours to figure out how to do this...then 10 minutes to do this...

         then another 20 minutes to figure out how to connect my macbook to my PC to see the iso file...

         then another 10 minutes to copy the 5 GB  iso file from the pc to the mac over wifi...

     

         if you have DVD drive on your mac...then this is all moot.

    2. vmware does regular windows install...

     

         i have a 2012 MacBook Air with a SSD drive...the full windows install took about 15 minutes...if you are doing off the dvd with an older computer it may take 30 -45 minutes...

     

    3. then you have windows on your make...the desktop opens in a mac window...

     

    4. then you have to set up windows...

     

    5. install quicken...transfered my quicken file ... (quicken 2012 gave the same problems it gave when i installed on my pc...i had to remember how to deal with it...) but worked fine...

     

    6. i put antivirus software on the win7 install...(vmware offs to do this for free)

     

    7.  then i did windows update...my dvd is at least 2 years old...so it worked in the background for hours updating windows...

     

    and then i forget...i had trouble downloading the free vmware trial...had to call them up...

     

    i finally got the iso file...and installed win7...but when i tried to activate windows with the long number...i had used a upgrade DVD...had to dig out the orginal full windows DVD erase the vmware windows install and start from scratch...

     

    reality:  if you have a DVD hooked to your mac...win7 dvd; quicken dVD the whole thing could be done in less than an hour...but you know how things are...there are multiples steps...

     

    it works great...honestly...it took me about 5 hours...when my new mac desktop arrives in a few weeks i will be able to do it all in less than an hour now that i know what to do...

     

    if you tell me your setup i can give you some pointers...

     

    do you have a dvd drive; what media is quicken on (mine was download from amazon..which worked well i redownloaded it from the windows desktop);is your mac already able to share files with the PC...

     

    vmware has 30 day free trial...i will tell you how to download it...

     

    famous last word:  buyer beware...i cannot promise you it wont mess up your mac...but my intuition is that you are not repartitioning your disk...it think it is relatively low risk...if it does not work you can just uninstall vmware from your mac...

  • 5. Re: I am considering loading Windows 7 on my iMac so I can run QuickBooks and Quicken on Windows.  Does anyone have experience running Windows 7 on their Mac?
    mdb288 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    i dont want to scare you with the long post...

     

    if i had a dvd hooked up to my macbook..

     

    vmware could have taken 5 minutes to install and windows 15 minutes...honestly...