13 Replies Latest reply: Mar 26, 2012 6:43 PM by Csound1
chrisfromgallatin gateway Level 1 (0 points)

do I simply put the windows 8 disc in my (Early 2011 edition MBP) disc drive when I'm on my windows side and install to that same partition Bootcamp Already wrote?

 

Or do I have to go through Bootcamp again?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), Early 2011 Mac Book Pro
  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    You don't need to use BCA again (assuming that the partition you have is large enough) you can (a) upgrade 7 to 8 (in-place) or (b) install 8 as a new installation, but that will require reinstalling all Windows applications and restoring all Windows data

     

    Whatever you do ....Backup first.

  • ds store Level 7 (30,325 points)

    chrisfromgallatin gateway wrote:

     

    do I simply put the windows 8 disc in...

     

    You should wait until Apple works the kinks out with Windows 8 and Bootcamp because Apple does some "hacks" to make Windows 7 work on a Mac.

     

    If you go updating it could break those hacks, not to mention drivers that tell your Mac's fans to slow down, access Wifi and to be able to boot back into OS X from Windows etc. etc.

     

    Once there is a official upgrade method or steps, I would hold off as your taking your chances.

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    I've installed 8 over 7 in BC and VMWare, everything to do with drivers works fine, but Win 8 is obviously 'unfinished' (much of it is just previews of apps to come) and should not be used for anything other than curiosity yet.

     

    And backup before you start.

  • chrisfromgallatin gateway Level 1 (0 points)

    Dang! Thanks guys!

  • BillyShears Level 1 (0 points)

    This may be naive of me.. but why do so many spend more money (for a better product) on a mac but wants Windows on there??

     

    Just seems pointless to me...

  • steve359 Level 6 (13,347 points)

    Not everyone can abandon Windows just because they have a Mac.

     

    Some people in fact buy a Mac because they still need Windows, but want system-stability of Mac at the same time.  Since MS refuses to recognize the existence of any OS other than Windows, it falls to Mac to play host to Windows for required dual-boot.

     

    Sad to say that after Mac bends over backwards concerning Windows to allow Mac users to still pay-for-fully-licensed MS products, MS keeps playing it legal games threatening to pull Mac's right's to even recognize Windows' existence.

     

    Talk about biting the hand that begrudgingly agrees to feed you ...

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    BillyShears wrote:

     

    This may be naive of me.. but why do so many spend more money (for a better product) on a mac but wants Windows on there??

     

    Just seems pointless to me...

    Dull sad sacks who want to buy some cool,

  • chrisfromgallatin gateway Level 1 (0 points)

    Sir,

     

    This is not the case. I am an architecture student that cannot solely rely on a Mac for all the programs, as many only operate on a pc platform. This is not hedonism. Rather, a pragmatic question that was greatfully answered by many above.

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    chrisfromgallatin gateway wrote:

     

    Sir,

     

    This is not the case. I am an architecture student that cannot solely rely on a Mac for all the programs, as many only operate on a pc platform. This is not hedonism. Rather, a pragmatic question that was greatfully answered by many above.

    In that case I would buy a Windows machine rather than a Mac.

  • chrisfromgallatin gateway Level 1 (0 points)

    Csound,

     

    As you are in these support forums I doubt you are a pc user and understand why a Mac is, for many, a better choice. In my area the programs are half Mac with many more on the way. It is obvious I'd be better off with a pc if all I did was architecture, but as most here, I use a computer for more than work; the added benefit of system stability and overall enjoyment found with a mac--beyond the realm of a few cad programs and too the availability of still running a dual boot computer helps Mac's case much more than its counterpart windows.

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    I am a Windows user as well as a Mac user, and I run both of them (usually) on appropriate machinery (I confess to having a VM with Win8 on it on a personal machine) but when it is business I put the software on the best platform (best includes initial cost as well as other factors).

  • chrisfromgallatin gateway Level 1 (0 points)

    Fair point. If I had a large enough bank account I surely would be running two separate machines. With the only option being one computer for purchase I went with the Mac and windows dual as you can see by this threads title. For my case it was ideal. For you, no, but in my case there was no better option.

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,965 points)

    chrisfromgallatin gateway wrote:

     

    Fair point. If I had a large enough bank account I surely would be running two separate machines. With the only option being one computer for purchase I went with the Mac and windows dual as you can see by this threads title. For my case it was ideal. For you, no, but in my case there was no better option.

    I understand that, and have been there but these machines (and I have a lot of Macs, only 4 PC's) are just revenue streams for me, they do various tasks cheaper than a bunch of dedicated hardware, and I can troubleshoot from a remote location far easier than I can with the dedicated stuff. The simple truth is that for me to dedicate a Mac to running one or two Windows programs entails far more cost than a Windows PC, and there is no advantage to offset the extra cost.