10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 22, 2012 11:26 AM by siraj.mac
siraj.mac Level 1 (0 points)

Hi ,

I recently purchased a MacBook Pro with retina display , I’m new to the “ Mac world “ and intend to purchase and install “ Microsoft windows “ using boot camp assistant , is it better to install “ Windows 7 “ or “ Windows 8 “ ?

Did anyone try Windows 8 on a Mac ? Which one is more reliable and compatible ?

I appreciate any advice ,


Thanks a lot ,

Best regards ,


MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • MartinR Level 6 (14,870 points)

    Windows 8 is so new no one is really going to be able to answer your question about reliability or compatibility quite yet.  Windows 8 isn't even officially released yet.

     

    Parallels already touts that it will run Windows 8.  And because Parallels is a virtual environment, I would suspect that would be a safer route for exploring Windows 8 at this time.

     

    For production or 'mission critical' use, I'd only recommend Windows 7 right now.

  • ds store Level 7 (30,325 points)

    siraj.mac wrote:

     

    intend to purchase and install “ Microsoft windows “ using boot camp assistant , is it better to install “ Windows 7 “ or “ Windows 8 “ ?

     

    Windows 7

     

     

    Did anyone try Windows 8 on a Mac ? Which one is more reliable and compatible ?

     

    Windows 7

     

    Windows 8 is only beta, but can be run in VirtualBox

     

    Only Windows 7 is supported by Apple in Bootcamp at this time, however you can install Windows 8 Beta into virtual machine software.

     

    http://osxdaily.com/2012/03/03/try-windows-8-consumer-preview-virtualbox/

     

    Windows in BootCamp or Virtual Machine?

  • siraj.mac Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the information , I think I’ll go with Windows 7 ,

    Do I expect Mac OS to be affected by installing Windows ( using bootcamp assistant ) ?

     

    Thanks a lot ,

    Best regards ,

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 (13,509 points)

    siraj.mac wrote:

     

    Thanks for the information , I think I’ll go with Windows 7 ,

    Do I expect Mac OS to be affected by installing Windows ( using bootcamp assistant ) ?

     

    Thanks a lot ,

    Best regards ,

    No. The Bootcamp partition is separate from your "Mac OS".

    https://discussions.apple.com/community/windows_software/boot_camp

    http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/

  • Courcoul Level 6 (12,970 points)

    BootCamp currently only supports Win7. Be sure to create the driver media (either burnt onto a CD, not an option on a Retina, or on a blank USB flashdrive), as instructed by the BootCamp Assistant; this will ensure that Windows will know how to use the Mac's hardware, especially the Retina screen.

     

    http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/

  • siraj.mac Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your response , I’ve read that installing Windows (even in a separate partition ) will make Mac OS lag or something like that , but performance supposed to be restored by disabling Windows bootcamp partition on Mac OS spotlight , any one experience this ?

     

    Thanks a lot ,

    Best regards ,

  • nicolas5150@gmail.com Level 1 (0 points)

    I put windows 8 beta on my Mac mini 2009 and I've had no real issues yet I got the windows 8 ISO file burnt it to a disk and was able to do everything via BootCamp.

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/45898/how-to-install-windows-8-on-a-mac

    And yea make sure to have the drivers on a a flash drive so everything will go smoothly.

  • siraj.mac Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the information , how do you find Windows 8 ? (compared to Windows 7)

    As I consider to install Windows 7 , my impressions about Windows 8 is not too encouraging

    I appreciate any information ,

     

    Thanks a lot ,

    Best regards ,

  • nicolas5150@gmail.com Level 1 (0 points)

    Well in the link I sent in the last comment (there's a link in step one) it will send you to Microsoft for the file you need for windows 8 (as a beta of corse). Then after the 26th you may have to remove the partioned W8 beta and then install the full version of windows 8. Since its not officially released I'm not sure how it will work yet. Also for the amount of time I've played with W8 and not using a windows OS for 4 years now, I can say the windows 8 OS is innovative but I'm not the biggest fan of it but only time can tell.

  • siraj.mac Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the information , I think I’ll install Windows 7 , as it is compatible and its a better OS to me than Windows 8 ( I have Windows 8 release preview installed on my PC ) , I find Windows 8 as a new type of OS not exactly a “Windows” it’s somehow like iOS , and I think it’s designed do suit a new generation of PCs (with multi touch features) , it is new and funny , but I think Windows 7 better suits traditional computers (specially for professional use) , and like you said , time will tell

     

    Thanks a lot ,

    Best regards ,