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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
    I'm considering migrating to Windows 8.1 on my mid 2010 imac when Windows 7 goes out of support so I decided to see if it is compatible first. I've checked the Apple link here but it only lists the 27" and not the 21.5". Does anyone know if bootcamp supports it on my model? Should I suspect if it isn't on the list that 8.1 isn't supported on the 21.5" but it is on the 27" or was that an over-site on Apple's part?

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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    What matters more is the version of OS X you have (not necessarily the size of the machine) which determines what Boot Camp you have, which determines what version of Windows will be supported. I believe OS X/macOS starting around Yosemite or El Cap will only have support/drivers for Win 10.
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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    One thing I have heard from other users (of Windows through Boot Camp) is that if you upgrade the Windows OS, it usually is compatible, because the drivers are already in place.
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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    Traditionally the drivers for 8.1 would work with 10 (in most cases).
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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    Traditionally the drivers for 8.1 would work with 10 (in most cases).
    @Ashwin, 10 has nothing to do with it, OP wants to go from 7 to 8.1.
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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    From all previous reports regarding Windows 8.1, I would avoid it and go to Windows 10 as Ashwin advised. Windows 8 and 8.1 are some of the worst versions of Windows to ever be released. Just do a search and read the reviews.

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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    Two words Charlie: Windows ME
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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    Hey Sly:

    I still have an original copy of ME on CD among my Windows stuff that I have saved over the years. Yeah, it was bad but not as bad as 8 or 8.1.

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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    I can count on one hand the number of times I used Win 8 or ME on one hand and didn't like either of them.

    Was 8 really that bad or was it just that the interface changes were too much for people to take?
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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    It was really that bad. And MS didn't help the situation by coming out with 8.1 shortly after 8. Windows 7 was a jewel compared to 8 or 8.1 according to reports. I have no experience with 10 but most folks seem to like it.

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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    My wife had ME on one of her Windows boxes and had no trouble with it -- unlike some of the many cimplaints you see online. We began to wonder if the problem wasn't that ME was very hardware sensitive. Her machine cane with ME already installed whereas it seemed like those with problems had upgraded from earlier versions of Windows.
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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    I had a Gateway that came with ME, way too many BSOD. It took me a couple of years to upgrade it to XP, and from there it was great, it lasted 8+ years. I don't think 8 or 8.1 were as bad as ME. And 10, seems extremely stable.
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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    Let's not forget that ME was the last version of Windows that rode on top of DOS. Although when booted, it would boot straight into Windows. However, there was a work around to cause it to boot directly to DOS first.

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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    I had a Gateway that came with ME, way too many BSOD. It took me a couple of years to upgrade it to XP, and from there it was great, it lasted 8+ years. I don't think 8 or 8.1 were as bad as ME. And 10, seems extremely stable.
    All of my wife's computers have been Gateway boxes. Her current machine has run as long as my 2008 MacBook Pro. She will soon be needing a new box. Not sure who to trust no that Gateway has been pretty much bought out of the game.
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    Running Windows 8.1 on my iMac.
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    Gateway = cow box. Remember that?

    Who to trust today? Probably either Lenovo or Dell. Or buy her one of those new MacBook Pros that Apple just released.

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