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I've got a MBP on which I'm thinking of installing Windows to run some aps that aren't Mac-compatible. Is there a "best" or an "ideal" version of Windows for the MBP? My wife has a PC that's more powerful and has more resources than my Mac, the PC's running Vista (I think), and it's a REAL DOG as far as performance goes. I'd hate to have Windows on my MBP perform the same way.

Maybe I'll just buy a cheap used PC laptop and use that instead.

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You didn't tell us which MacBook Pro you have (year and model), but basically... a MBP from 2010 until 2013 can only run Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.
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Depending on what apps you want to run, you might explore the virtualization route by getting VirutalBox (free) or VMWare Fusion/Parallels ($70) and then grab a copy of Windows 7 and you're good to go.

I wouldn't suggest any version of Windows prior to 7.

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You didn't tell us which MacBook Pro you have (year and model), but basically... a MBP from 2010 until 2013 can only run Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.
Just to elaborate on this a bit..this is through Boot Camp..

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Thanks for the responses. Sorry for omitting MBP info, but here it is:
Hardware:
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro8,1
Processor Name: Intel Core i5
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 2
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 4 GB

Software:
System Version: Mac OS X 10.7.5 (11G63)
Kernel Version: Darwin 11.4.2

Intel HD Graphics 3000:
Chipset Model: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Type: GPU
Bus: Built-In
VRAM (Total): 384 MB
Vendor: Intel (0x8086)
Device ID: 0x0126
Revision ID: 0x0009
Displays:
Color LCD:
Display Type: LCD
Resolution: 1280 x 800
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Built-In: Yes

The apps I want to run don't state specific Windows requirements other then release-level, so Win 7 or 8 should be OK. However, a flight simulator states the following graphics requirements:

Minimum Recommended System: (Note: Some graphical features may be disabled. Aerodynamic calculations will remain high-quality)
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
Local administrator access required
Intel Pentium 1.0GHz or equivalent
512 MB RAM
10 GB Hard Drive Space
DVD Drive
3D Accelerated Video with:
32 MB Dedicated Video Memory
Full Windows DirectX 9 compliant (Shader Model 2.0 or better)
Optimal System: For best graphical performance
Dual Core 2.4GHz CPU
2 GB RAM
3D Accelerated Video with:
512 MB dedicated video memory
Pixel Shader 3.0 support.

If the sim is a problem there is a Mac-compatible sim I could use instead.

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WIndows 7 definately. Windows 8 and 8.1 with it's lovely metro interface I don't even like on a PC. But that is just my opinion. :-)

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I agree with Lisa. Choose Windows 7 x 64 bit. Windows 8 is horrible, however, 8.1 has an improved interface along with some added enhancements.
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Minimum Recommended System: (Note: Some graphical features may be disabled. Aerodynamic calculations will remain high-quality)
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
Local administrator access required
Intel Pentium 1.0GHz or equivalent
512 MB RAM
10 GB Hard Drive Space
DVD Drive
3D Accelerated Video with:
32 MB Dedicated Video Memory
Full Windows DirectX 9 compliant (Shader Model 2.0 or better)
Optimal System: For best graphical performance
Dual Core 2.4GHz CPU
2 GB RAM
3D Accelerated Video with:
512 MB dedicated video memory
Pixel Shader 3.0 support.
Someone will be able to speak to this better than I but the graphic requirements there suggest that Boot Camp might be a better option that virtualization (VMWare, Parallels, VirtualBox). VM software has one weakness - graphics performance. While it has gotten much better over the years, it doesn't seem ready for gaming.

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You didn't tell us which MacBook Pro you have (year and model), but basically... a MBP from 2010 until 2013 can only run Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.
Where are you getting this information? Pull down the MBP tab on this page, Apple says otherwise.

Boot Camp: System requirements for Microsoft Windows operating systems
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WIndows 7 definately. Windows 8 and 8.1 with it's lovely metro interface I don't even like on a PC. But that is just my opinion. :-)

Lisa
Yep! and for me W7 professional is the best on W7 versions. What do you think? It's lighter
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Where are you getting this information? Pull down the MBP tab on this page, Apple says otherwise.
Not the way I read it.
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I still say boot camp and Windows 7 pro. Windows 8.1's only plus factor is if there is a touch screen and obviously that is not available with the mac. In my opinion the only advantage to Windows 8.1 is the touch screen interface.

BTW: Vista was what I call one of Microsofts "In between" OS's. They had a winner with XP but needed to boost revenues so Vista hit the scene. It is a resource hog. Sloppy coding that created lots of issues. I believe its soul purpose was to act as a precursor to Win 7. it gave them time to refine and fix the problems then create a new OS, give it a new name - 7 - and charge another $100 or more to upgrade to an OS that actually worked the way Vista should have. Sometimes I wonder if that is not also the same process they are following for Win 8???? hum.... We shall see. :-)

If you get the chance to upgrade your wife's computer to 7 I bet you will see a huge difference.

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I would suggest Windows 7
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Maybe I'll just buy a cheap used PC laptop and use that instead.
Windows 7 gets my vote and believe me, it will run light years better on your MBP than it will on ANY " cheap used PC laptop". Win 7 is what Vista should have been and has matured into Redmonds best OS yet in my opinion. Win 8, without Startisback or Classicshell, is an unusable mess.

Edit- Almost forgot, use Bootcamp.
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