New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac Discussion of Classic or running Windows, Linux and other OSes on the Mac.

A Few Simple Questions-


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
ElliottH

 
Member Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posts: 3
ElliottH is an unknown at this point

ElliottH is offline
Hello, Mac-users

I have never owned a Macbook but I am thinking about purchasing one. Before I make this purchase I would need to know how smoothly the Macbook Pro 13" 2010 model will run Windows XP SP2 or even Windows 7.

Don't get me wrong, OS X seems like a great thing to have but I loathe change and would like to make it slow and steady. Therefore, I would use Windows as the primary OS on the Macbook Pro.

After some net-research I have gathered these few questions...

-How does a Windows OS effect the Battery life, would I be losing 30 mins. or 50% of my battery life?

-How well does the multi touch trackpad translate into Windows? Can I use the basic practical functions? (Two-finger scrolling, two-finger right-click, swiping to turn browser pages etc.)

-In your personal experience, what "hiccups" have you found in the hardware that are cumbersome, or even just annoying.

Because I am searching for the answers from people with the most first-hand experience, I must request that you refrain from posting an answer unless you have booted Windows XP SP2 or Windows 7 on a Macbook Pro 13" 2010.
QUOTE Thanks
chscag

 
chscag's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 40,880
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, Yosemite

chscag is offline
Quote:
-How does a Windows OS effect the Battery life, would I be losing 30 mins. or 50% of my battery life?
Windows will wear the battery down a bit faster since it does not use robust power saver features as does OS X. 30 minutes? Depends. If you're playing graphic games in Windows, then yes; maybe even more. 50%? No, not that much.

Quote:
-How well does the multi touch trackpad translate into Windows? Can I use the basic practical functions? (Two-finger scrolling, two-finger right-click, swiping to turn browser pages etc.)
The Boot Camp assistant will install control features in the Windows control panel from which you can adjust the trackpad. I'm not a trackpad user (I'm from the old school, I like a rodent instead) but I understand most gestures are supported.

Quote:
-In your personal experience, what "hiccups" have you found in the hardware that are cumbersome, or even just annoying.
Not sure how to answer that one. Are you referring to Windows running on a MBP, or to a MBP in general?

You mentioned using Windows as the primary OS on the MBP. I think that would be a mistake. If that's what you intend to do, why not just keep your Windows machine to use for Windows and the new MBP for learning the Mac OS? IMO, once you get used to the Mac, you won't want to use Windows.

Unless there's some app that you must have that's not available for OS X, it's always better to run OS X apps.

In my work I have a mix of Mac and PCs, and I run Windows 7 in a dual boot scenario on my MacBook. We are now in the process of switching everything to the Mac and eventually will retire the remaining PCs. I hope to do that before this Winter. Except for a few of my favorite games, there's really nothing that I need Windows for.

Stay tuned to these forums and take notes.

Regards.
QUOTE Thanks
ElliottH

 
Member Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posts: 3
ElliottH is an unknown at this point

ElliottH is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by chscag View Post
Windows will wear the battery down a bit faster since it does not use robust power saver features as does OS X. 30 minutes? Depends. If you're playing graphic games in Windows, then yes; maybe even more. 50%? No, not that much.
Thank you. I probably wouldn't be playing graphic intensive games. It's good to know that Windows software does not cripple the excellent hardware of Apple


Quote:
Originally Posted by chscag View Post
Not sure how to answer that one. Are you referring to Windows running on a MBP, or to a MBP in general?
A Macbook Pro using a Windows operating system.

Quote:
Originally Posted by chscag View Post
You mentioned using Windows as the primary OS on the MBP. I think that would be a mistake. If that's what you intend to do, why not just keep your Windows machine to use for Windows and the new MBP for learning the Mac OS? IMO, once you get used to the Mac, you won't want to use Windows.
I love the portability, power, and ease-of-use that comes with the Macbook. IMO, since I have not used OS X, I think the software is somewhat of a "con" when I think about purchasing a Macbook. I'm sure that, if I decide to buy one, I will become accustom to the Apple opperating system. I just want to make sure that all of that lovely, and elegant hardware can still be used to it's full extent, even when using a non-native operating system.

Thank you for your help!
QUOTE Thanks
bobtomay

 
bobtomay's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 22, 2006
Location: Texas, where else?
Posts: 25,114
bobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 15" MBP 2.33 C2D 256 4GB, MBA 13" i7 1.8, MB 2.0 2GB, Nano 4th, 3GS, iPad 1

bobtomay is offline
I'm with chscag on this one. There are plenty of laptops out there that are portable, powerful and easy to use. If you're going to be buying a notebook with the full intention of running Windows - buy one of those Notebooks that come pre-installed with Windows on it.

You might enjoy one of the posts I made about two weeks after the purchase of my first Mac - link - and here I am over 3 years later.

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
QUOTE Thanks
ElliottH

 
Member Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posts: 3
ElliottH is an unknown at this point

ElliottH is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
I'm with chscag on this one. There are plenty of laptops out there that are portable, powerful and easy to use. If you're going to be buying a notebook with the full intention of running Windows - buy one of those Notebooks that come pre-installed with Windows on it.

You might enjoy one of the posts I made about two weeks after the purchase of my first Mac - link - and here I am over 3 years later.
The closest thing I could find as a Windows alternative was the Asus U30JC and that still has some flaws. The Macbook Pro really hits that niche that I'm looking to fill in performance, endurance, portability, and ergonomics.

Why do you recommend this? As far as I can tell, a Macbook Pro running Windows will function as a work-horse, and something new for me to explore with OS X.

From my point of view, buying a Macbook and installing Windows and then slowly progressing into OS X is a better solution than buying a lesser Windows machine.

Unless I am unaware of something?
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« BootCamp not partioning, says to reformat disk | Is there a 'pretty' bootcamp 'front end' Mac / Win7 »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
A simple JavaScript calculator mraya Web Design and Hosting 9 02-23-2009 07:16 PM
Playing with pics on my Mac: Simple Questions. Pls help! :) MacNewbie Images, Graphic Design, and Digital Photography 4 10-27-2007 07:36 PM
simple Mac newbie questions thnx alien1980 OS X - Operating System 2 10-08-2007 02:52 PM
Many questions from xperienced Windows user just got a Mac :) Fedorov Apple Desktops 9 02-01-2006 09:09 PM
Newbie to Mac - probably simple questions mlc331 Apple Desktops 18 12-02-2005 11:41 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:48 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?