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Currently have Win 7 on my Mid 2010 Mac Pro and am wondering if I should install on the new "Trashcan" or should I get Win 8? I will use OSX for my photography but I also like using Windows for gaming. Heard some negative things about Win 8 and is it as bad as Vista was?
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The complaints for Windows 8 revolve on the tablet side being used on the pc desktop hence touch screen tiles. Currently the Windows 8 can be converted back to the original start menu. Also having to use a mouse to click on tiles is more frustration based idea. Have a quick search for Windows 8 start menu adaption.
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Ah I see what the complaint was and totally agree. Hopefully start menu is put back in. Thanks I may just upgrade to Win 8 and hopefully they fix start menu.

Wow, Microsoft doesn't even have upgrade price anymore, Microsoft really does SUCK!!!
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Suggest sticking with Windows 7 64 bit. It is pretty fast and steady.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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Really?
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Really?
I second what Harry said. Windows 7 is rock steady and will run all your games without a problem. Just make sure you purchase the 64 bit version as the 32 bit version can not handle memory over approximately 3.5 GB. The 64 bit version will use all your memory.
As for Windows 8, the interface and tablet like setup is its downfall. Perhaps Windows 8.1 is better.
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Would not have suggested it otherwise.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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I currently have Win7 on this Mac Pro in 64 bit so hopefully I can use it again when I wipe this HD clean. Thanks for the advice.
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I have windows 8 on my retina MacBook Pro and it runs fairly well. I dont like the layout, it was designed to be used on a tablet. I also run windows 7 on this machine as well. Make sure you install the 64-bit version. It runs great on my machine and if i were you i would stick with windows 7.
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Another question, with the new Mac Pro I will have the SSD inside of it and will run a couple of Thunderbolt EX HD's. Do I still have to partition some of the SSD for Win or can I just install with bootcamp to one of the EX HD's I plan on using for strictly Windows. Would this slow down gaming? I would prefer to keep all Win off my internal SSD.
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Windows (any version) can not normally be installed to an external hard drive without a hack. You can thank MS for that and their paranoia with piracy. I honestly don't know how the external TB drives will appear to the system though. But if you have a large enough SSD internal drive in the new Pro, you should be able dedicate some of it for a Boot Camp install of Windows. The external TB ports and drives are so fast that they really act like internal drives anyway.
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I was toying with the idea of going to Windows 8 while I was using up the trial period on Windows 7. The GUI changes that everyone hates weren't a real issue for me. Windows only purpose on my computer is to act as a launcher for computer games that are unable or annoying to run while booted to OS X. Any time I do anything besides play a computer game, I switch back to OS X.

Ultimately, I stuck with 7 because it had compatibility with everything I needed and I couldn't really see any specific benefits to going with 8 instead. If you have any specific legacy programs that you need to use, I'd recommend doing a bit of research to find out if they have problems running on 8. 7 is generally more compatible.

My gut feeling right now is might as well stick with 7 until Windows 9 comes out and see if that has some of the issues that 8 had.
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I know you can transfer a bootcamp install over onto a thunderbolt connected drive and it works fine (because Windows has seen the thunderbolt drive and the bootcamp drivers have been installed. It's also treated like an internal device) but I haven't tried a direct install.

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