09-04-2009, 11:50 AM
Originally Posted by Someguy2055
First let me start off by saying that I didn't see a "help/support" area of the forums so I decided to post here. My apologies if this isn't the right spot.
Anyway, tomorrow I'll be picking up my first Mac. I'm 19 years old and I've been a PC user since I was about 4. I've decided to switch to Mac and I have a few questions. The Mac I'll be getting is the 13.3" MacBook Pro (2.53GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Nvidia 9400M).
1. I'm planning to install a secondary operating system (either Vista or Windows 7) on my Mac, not right away, but a bit down the road. I don't plan on using the Windows OS very often, but there are a few Windows only applications (ex. Project 64 and a few Windows based games) that I would like to continue to use. Do you think I should stick with Windows Vista (what I've been using for the past 3 years) or go to Windows 7? And if I decided to go the Windows 7 route, should I wait a while for the bugs to be worked out?
2. Doing a bit of research, I know there are 2 ways to go about running Windows on an Intel based Mac. Boot Camp or (Parallels/VM Fusion). I assume running Windows through Boot Camp is running Windows natively and would give it the best performance, especially for running my games (FEAR, Half-Life). Running Windows through Parallels or Fusion however would be more convenient because I wouldn't have to leave the Mac OS to access Windows. I'd prefer to use Fusion or Parallels but I'm worried it won't run my games as smoothly. Is this true?
3. If it is, then I'm wondering if I can do both with one copy of Fusion or Parallels and one copy of Windows. I'd use boot camp when I want to play the games and parallels for basic Windows applications. So can you do both?
4. How will running Windows on my Mac affect battery life? I know one of the benefits of having a Mac is the greater battery life over PC based laptops but can I still expect to get at least 4 or 5 hours out of the battery when running Windows? And what will the battery life be like when I use Windows and Mac together (Fusion or Parallels)?
5. Would you recommend Fusion or Parallels(which one)? Why?
6. If I run Windows on my Mac, will I need to run an antivirus to protect my computer?
7. Last Question. A few Blu-ray movies I've purchased a few months ago had the digital copy from iTunes available. So I downloaded those my PC. My PC crashed and I lost everything on it. So is there a way to re-download those movies through iTunes on my Mac when I get it, even though I've obviously used the codes?
Sorry for all the questions and thanks in advance for any input you may have.
Hello and welcome to the forums! I'll see if I can answer your questions!
1. I think you'll be fine with Vista for now (it's what you're used to anyway!). Windows 7 is looking pretty sweet, so wait and see how that goes. It is possible to triple boot, so you can have vista and win 7 on there at the same time, though I don't recommend it for HDD space saving reasons. Multiple OS's can eat HDD space like no other.
2. From personal experience, I can assure you that gaming wise, using windows via bootcamp is the way to go. You'll get far greater performance. It's really not too much of a hassle anyway. You'll be happier in the end. Parallels is good for some programs, but still sucks in the gaming department. Just do yourself a favor ahead of time and use bootcamp.
3. You can do both! If I remember correctly, you can even use parallels to access your bootcamp partition. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong!) So if you want to use simple applications on your mac side, you could still do that. If what I said isn't possible, then you will have to install Windows twice which means twice the HDD space taken up by Windows.
4. I'm not going to lie. Battery life in Windows sucks on a mac just as bad as it does on any computer. You'll get about 1.5-2 hours on your windows side (using bootcamp). You might get a little bit better battery life using parallels, but any intensive program is going to cut battery life, even on your mac side.
5. I've only ever used parallels. It worked pretty well. I've heard good things about fusion as well. Try them both and see what works best for you! I'm sure other people on these forums have opinions either way.
6. I've never used anti-virus on my bootcamp side. Keep in mind though, Windows on a mac is just as vulnerable as Windows on any other machine. As long as you aren't being dumb though and going to weird websites and such, you should be fine. I've never had a problem in the 3 years I've used bootcamp.
7. Not sure about this one...I'm sure someone else might be able to help you though.
Hope that helps! Don't worry though! Putting windows on your mac isn't sacrilege. Some people are very passionate about brand loyalty, but if you need it, use it. Macs should be functional, not a status symbol. Take care and welcome to the forums!