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Newbie and lots of work ahead

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aLf99 Calculating status...
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Mar 11, 2013 5:57 PM

Just ordered an new rMBP.  It will arrive soon.  I bought the 8 Ram, 512 SSHD, 15".  Many questions...


1) is the SSHD all that it's cracked up to be?


2) I will need Windows, should I go 7 or 8?


3) Paralells good?


4) Is there a "cheat sheet" available to do the Win/Par install?


5) Do you install Windows based programs then through the open window of Windows?


6) Any good websites available for a guy like me switching over?  I know I made the right choice, I'm just overwhelmed at the work that lies ahead.


I'm sure this stuff is old hat for you guys, and it will be for me in a few months.  Be gentle.  I'm good with computers just never dated a MAC before.





MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,745 points)
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    Mar 11, 2013 6:04 PM (in response to aLf99)

    OK, I'll see if I can help:


    1) Yes, the flash storage is as fast or faster than most SSDs on the market


    2) At present, Apple only supports Windows 7 using Boot Camp. I'm sure that it's just a matter of time before Windows 8 is supported.


    3) I use Parallels 8 to run Windows 7 Pro on my MBP - I much prefer it to Boot Camp but then I only use it primarily for Office 2013 and Adobe Acrobat Pro - nothing heavy-duty.


    4) Not sure what you mean by this...


    5) Using either Parallels or Boot Camp, you just install apps as you would normally on any Windows machine.


    6) should give you some pointers.


    Good luck,



  • Eric Ross Level 6 Level 6 (11,650 points)
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    Mar 11, 2013 6:06 PM (in response to aLf99)

    Welcome, congratulations on your new Mac book Pro! Take a look at his link for information that will help you understand the Mac to Windows.


    If you need to move data from a Windows PC take a look at this link,


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