4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 12, 2012 8:13 AM by woodmeister50
Shadow811958 Level 1 (0 points)

Sadly I have to give in and install WIndows on my MacbookPro.  I have tried to buy Windows 8 but all I can find is an upgrade version - and on the Windows 7 Professional Version I found it said not suitable for Mac?  Any help or advice on this please.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion
  • VikingOSX Level 6 (14,310 points)

    Is the business requirement due to MS Office/Outlook compatibility, or more involved (political) reasons? There is Office for Mac 2011.


    You can still purchase Windows 7 from Microsoft, but with their fixation on W8, they have made it *VERY* difficult to find the W7 purchase links. Google will help. A software downloaded .iso file would be handy for the virtualization solutions.


    Do you prefer to choose either Windows or OS X at boot time (e.g. Apple Bootcamp), or would you want a virtualization solution that allows concurrent access to Windows (in a container file) and Mac OS X? Parallels will allow a Windows App to be in the OS X dock.




    1. Windows 8 is not supported yet
    2. Windows 7 Support (64-bit only)
      1. Home premium
      2. Professional
      3. Ultimate
      4. Enterprise is not supported




    1. Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
    2. VMware Fusion 5 for Mac
    3. Oracle VirtualBox (free)
  • Shadow811958 Level 1 (0 points)

    The need for Windows is that I use an external OLAP database and this needs a Microsoft File to enable Excel to log on - this is not available for Excel for Windows - I already have Office for Mac and it grieves me that I cant do what I need without reverting to Windows.  I have found a couple of versions of Windows 7 Professional but both were marked NOT SUITABLE FOR MAC.  This is getting rather frustrating.

  • VikingOSX Level 6 (14,310 points)

    I should point out that support for Windows 8 is in its early stages for both Microsoft and the Virtualization vendors as well. You will need to review any caveats they state on Windows 8, and the versions of Windows 7 that they already support.


    Parallels suggests 2 - 4 GB memory allocated to a Windows 7 virtual machine beyond OS X requirements. I use Win7 Home Premium with VirtualBox and have allocated 3GB. It works fine.

  • woodmeister50 Level 5 (4,850 points)

    I use Win7 Pro on my Macs with Parallels Desktop 8 and

    it functions quite well for engineering apps.  As far as Windows8,

    as far as I'm concerned, I'll be using 7 until I can't use any my Windows

    software due to updates requiring Win 8.  From a productivity standpoint,

    Windows 8 is a joke.  Even with most all my engineering apps, they

    work well in virtualization with no need to go Bootcamp.


    As far as getting Win7, Newegg still has both full retail versions of

    Windows7and OEM versions.  They also have OEM Windows 8 as

    well (not upgrade).  The difference between OEM and full retail versions

    is that there is no Microsoft support available for the OEM versions.

    The assuption being that if you are building PC's, you don't need Microsoft's

    help.  The other difference is that you need to select whether you want 32

    or 64 bit in OEM, where full retail contains both.