One answer is because I can... but the better answer is I have programs that are window based, since I would rather carry around one laptop vs two I like the ideal of using a program like bootcamp or parallels or both. I'll switch this question over to the parallel forum and see which version they prefer.
I prefer Windows 8.
There is a forum for Windows on Mac: Boot Camp Community witrh FAQs and more.
This is not notebook forum
Look up Wikipedia "Parallels"
Install Windows via Boot Camp natively,, then link it to Parallels so you can run dual boot direct to hardware when needed
Windows 8 comes out 23rd
There is no need on desktop for a 32-bit OS, and OEM ("system builder" comes with just one, retail costs too much and comes iwth both media.
If your computer can handle it (yes, your computer can handle it) use 64 bit, it's faster. I bought a retail version off ebay for a pretty good price.
I would run windows 7, seeing as vista sucked, XP is outdated, and from what I've heard windows 8 was designed primarily for touch screen purposes and it might be even worse than vista.
Hi for what it is worth ...
I am using a MacBook Pro with 8G ram, and due to some of the applications I have to run for work, I run Parallels and Windows 7 64 bit
I find the Windows platform VERY stable. I went for Parallels, as I want to run Windows inside my Mac environment, and bit not want to dual boot i.e. have to shut down programs to switch from one to the other.
All the updates work very well, all the applications I run in the Windows environment are stable, and cause me no problems at all.
Everything on the MAC runs well, with no effect on the processes. When I plug anything into the USB ports, I am then given the option if I want teh device to run in the Mac environment or the Windows,
Hope that helps