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Default Reverse Hackintoshing? - 02-13-2010, 08:02 AM

Hey I know a lot of people who own PCs and hackintosh them with a Mac OS. I wonder if Apple owners ever dual boot using a Windows OS like Win 7. I watch a tutorial on apple's site and apperently they've already thought of that and designed there OS so you can easily dual boot if you want to add Win 7. It's deffinately something I'm goingto keep under consideration when deciding if I really want to spend the money and get a 13 in MacBook Pro.
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Default 02-13-2010, 11:22 AM

why would you want to use windows?

u can use boot camp. but windows sux
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Default 02-13-2010, 01:51 PM

Lots of Mac users dual boot Windows. Boot Camp just updated to support Windows 7.

And Windows does not "sux" any more than OS X does.

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Default 02-13-2010, 01:53 PM

Google it - plenty of answers out there. Here's Apple's own support info: Boot Camp: Windows 7 installation frequently asked questions. If you're posting here because you have a hackintosh, there's a dual booting section here: Operating Systems - Dual Booting at MyDellMini

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Default 02-13-2010, 02:23 PM

I have quite a few clients that dual boot Windows on their Macbooks for business use, especially accountants and those in the financial markets, because much of the software is Windows-based.

It's a loooooong stretch to call it "reverse-hackintoshing" though. Microsoft will let you run their operating system on any Intel hardware once you buy a copy. Shame another company can't do that...

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Default 02-14-2010, 01:29 AM

There's Boot Camp and Parallels. Parallels allows you to run Windows inside a Mac Window, running both OS's at the same time.
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Default 02-14-2010, 10:57 AM

My friend uses bootcamp to run win 7 for steam.

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Default 02-14-2010, 05:19 PM

although if I remember correctly boot camp doesn't really work all that well on the hackintoshes, and so you're better off dual booting with chameleon.

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Default 02-14-2010, 07:23 PM

If you own a Mac OSX hardware/software combination, you can use BootCamp and run Windows native. Why? Because a lot of applications the real world uses isn't written for OSX natively.

Or...if you just need lightweight Windows access, you can run Parallels (which cost $$ I think) and you can fake all Windows programs running under Parallels to look like if they were running inside OSX. This is software virtualization of Windows OS while running OSX. It is not optimal and it will not do well with Windows programs/games that require hardware acceleration or lots of memory to run.

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although if I remember correctly boot camp doesn't really work all that well on the hackintoshes, and so you're better off dual booting with chameleon.

The Hackintoshes out there have a hard time running BootCamp. Also running Parallels is almost impossible on a Hackintosh.

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Default 02-14-2010, 09:52 PM

Parallels runs perfectly on my A90. As does VMWare Fusion. I primarily use my XP VM for the rare program that absolutely needs windows, it's just more convenient than a full partition.
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