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Windows 7 is now officially supported for Macs using Boot Camp to dual boot.
Hi, I'm a Mac running Windows 7

Some Mac owners have a dirty little secret that might exclude them from the Apple cool club if they let it slip -- they primarily use Windows on their Mac computers.  Some users purchase MacBook Pros for their strong battery life on a relatively high-end hardware spec and for their slender, lightweight ultra-portable unibody design.

Added perks of Mac ownership include being able to legally install the iPhone app development environment and develop and test OS X applications.  However, OS X, by itself, leaves users with many glaring deficiencies, chiefly an inability to play most modern PC games.

Boot Camp, first introduced in 2006, fixes that by allowing Windows to be installed on Macs and users to dual boot into their OS of choice.  Ever since Windows has been many Mac owners' dirty little secret.

Now Apple has announced that Windows 7, Microsoft's popular new operating system, will be officially supported for the first time with Apple Boot Camp 3.1.  The update supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate.

The 32-bit version weighs in at 380.73MB, while the 64-bit version takes up 274.58MB.  The only catch is that you (officially) have to a copy of Windows Vista or Windows XP to install Windows 7 (we did a clean install on the previous version of Boot Camp, though, so this may just be legal rhetoric).

The Boot Camp upgrade fixes the problem of the red LED adjacent to the audio port always being on, trackpad issues, and incompatibility with Apple's Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard.  Apple Update should offer users already running Windows 7 in Boot Camp, the latest version.  For those afraid of using Windows 7 in Boot Camp, take it from us -- its a pretty painless experience, and we've only run into few issues, so far (the problems we did experience were almost solely audio related).

There are also new drivers to help support Windows 7.  For owners of MacBook Pros or MacBooks you also want to grab the Graphics Firmware Update 1.0.  iMac owners should instead install the iMac Late 2009 Windows 7 Drivers.

Mac owners who do use OS X, even occasionally, should also grab Apple's first security update of 2010, which offers protection against some potentially serious security threats.  The update, Security Update 2010-001, is available for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (21.90MB), Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Server (248.11MB), and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Client (159.58MB).  It can also be snagged via Apple Update and features fixes for potentially dangerous vulnerabilities in CoreAudio, the Flash Player plug-in, OpenSSL, Image RAW, and Image IO.



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RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/20/2010 9:57:01 AM , Rating: 3
I personally bought a 13" MacBook Pro because I got a good deal on it. Bought it from Amazon for regular retail price, but an 8GB iPod touch was thrown in for free (which I sold).

It also features far superior battery life than my previous Lenovo ThinkPad X300 and far superior build quality. I prefer the backlit keyboard, enjoy the multi-touch trackpad, and have generally come to love OS X (this coming from a person that was PC-only for 15+ years).

Personally, I see no point in knocking someone's choice of computer.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By jonmcc33 on 1/20/10, Rating: 0
RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/20/2010 10:37:52 AM , Rating: 2
I pointed to a number of reason why I chose my MBP, and the trackpad wasn't even in the top 3...

That being said, I generally dislike trackpads as well, but I find the trackpad on the MBP quite enjoyable. Previously, I would always have a Bluetooth mouse or other wireless mouse with me at all times to avoid using the trackpad on my previous notebooks; however, I now use the multi-touch trackpad almost exclusively wherever I go.

But then again, it's all about personal preference. Keep hatin' trackpads, and I'll keep enjoying mine :-)


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By WUMINJUN on 1/25/2010 9:15:58 AM , Rating: 1
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RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By deltadeltadelta on 1/20/2010 10:42:31 AM , Rating: 2
I completely agree. I despise (DESPISE) touchpads. I feel like I am petting my computer with my index finger everytime I want to move the pointer around. Anything is better. Pointing stick, external mouse, trackball. This has nothing to do with the conversation, but I just had to get that off my chest.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/20/2010 10:51:12 AM , Rating: 2
I thought that anything would be better as well (re: TouchPads) which was one of the reasons why I welcomed to the move to my previous ThinkPad X300. However, after extended use, pushing around the Trackpoint with my index finger became irritating and uncomfortable (constantly applying pressure to a single point on my finger wasn't exactly ergonomic after extended use).

And let's not even get on the subject of Trackpoint "drift" that would crop up at least once a day requiring me to wiggle the thing around to get it to stop.

With the multitouch trackpad, I don't have to worry about hitting the right "scroll zone" on the far right side of the pad like you do with traditional trackpads. I just simply use two fingers to scroll up and down, three to page up/down, three fingers to navigate forward/back, and four to show the desktop.

It's almost become second nature to me now and I find myself trying to do gestures with my wife's XP netbook whenever I try to use it :-)


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By Adul on 1/21/2010 12:23:54 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's almost become second nature to me now and I find myself trying to do gestures with my wife's XP netbook whenever I try to use it :-)


Does your wife know about this! :o

wife, that sounds so off for some reason.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By reader1 on 1/20/10, Rating: -1
RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By bhieb on 1/20/2010 12:53:21 PM , Rating: 5
Point of contention. Apple makes evolutionary products not revolutionary. They take someone else's idea and (arguably) perfect it. They certainly were not the first touch enabled smartphone, but they did a lot right with the iPhone. Not the first laptop maker, but they make a nice platform. Definitely not the first trackpad but a very nice one no doubt.

All of these are evolutionary improvements to someone else's idea (granted they usually add a feature or 2).


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RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By PrezWeezy on 1/20/2010 4:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
I, actually, would prefer a touchpad to a mouse any day. I find them far easier to use and more acurate. The only time I wouldn't rather have a touchpad is when playing a game simply because of the need to move quickly; which a mouse is far better at providing. You don't have to love them, but some people do.

As far as my Mac, I hate the thing. Granted it's a4.9 G4 and not "the latest" but half the time it doesn't wakeup from sleep, I have to go into the terminal to display hidden files or file extensions, the keyboard is terrible (I know the new ones are much much better, but I still don't like the tactile feel of Apple keyboards) and I just don't like the way OSX is organized. It seems very...hap-hazard to me. I have to open the hard drive to see the applications?

Some of my complaints with it are really that important I know. There is a new version out there and it would be like complaining about XP when the problem might be fixed in Vista/7. However, I believe that OSX is much harder to use for what I do on the computer. I'm not typical, I admit, but all that really matters for my opinion is what I want to do with it.

All that aside, I do think the batteries in MBP's are a rather impressive. They can pack a lot more power into those than Sony or Asus or any of the other makers seem to be able to.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By Samus on 1/20/2010 10:51:30 AM , Rating: 3
Brandon. Superior build quality to a Thinkpad? Email me what you're smokin' and I'll get back to you with my thoughts.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/20/2010 11:10:21 AM , Rating: 3
Have you used a ThinkPad X300? Mine creaked like crazy. The plastic/composite portion of the body above the fingerprint scanner which intersects with the spacebar and trackpoint click buttons was notoriously "sloppy" and would move when you pressed down on it and would make a "clicking" sound.

Also, the shiny plastic "ThinkVantage" area was also cheap and ill-fitting.

I used the thing for 9 months -- I should know. I'm not just going to sit here and make up stuff just for fun.

My MBP on the other hand is solid throughout and has no such quality issues. No creaking, no build quality issues... nothing.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By Samus on 1/20/2010 12:15:09 PM , Rating: 1
That's too bad. Sounds like Lenovo is driving that line into the ground because I still have an 8 year old X40 that I beat the shit out of (to the point I finally broke down and got an SSD after two HD failures from being thrown too hard) and other than three pressure prints on the screen and a chip on one corner, anybody would have a hard time telling it's 8 years old.

I've got in running Windows 7 amazingly fast, too. With the extended battery and add-on expansion bay battery, I get 7 hours and it's still under 5lbs.

And you get the best notebook keyboard on the planet.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By adiposity on 1/20/2010 12:35:56 PM , Rating: 2
Lenovos are still pretty good. That said, upon buying the brand, they immediately redesigned the T61 and came out with the T500. Reviews noted that it was more flimsy and lighter. Some of the metal frame was removed, probably to cheapen it and to improve weight.

-Dan


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By EasyC on 1/20/2010 12:28:37 PM , Rating: 2
I'll save my self thousands of dollars and take the creakyness.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By bhieb on 1/20/2010 1:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
And some would drive a Toyota over a Lexus. As Brandon said it is about personal taste and budget. He happens to like the MBP and has the funds to justify what he likes.

Yes there is a premium, and certainly it is a luxury, but why is that so wrong? IMHO Apple should realize this and just get out of the OS business. What did the OSX update cost like $50? Why even bother, port your crap to Windows (and possibly Linux) and market your product for what it is, a very well made luxury laptop.

In the end I personally think their profits would go up without all the R&D and support for an OS. Be interesting to know what their profit margin is on OSX, can't be very much.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By n0ebert on 1/20/2010 1:57:22 PM , Rating: 5
I don't see Apple's computers as a "lexus" though. It's more like they are that same Toyota with a lexus body kit to make it look better. Didn't those companies that made Mac knock-offs prove that their PC's had $800 worth of parts in a $2000 price tag?

With that kind of price tag on the hardware you get, I would expect to be able to use my laptop underwater or something.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By bhieb on 1/20/2010 2:32:26 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Toyota with a lexus body kit to make it look better.

That is exactly my point as most Lexus's are built on the same foundation as their Toyota counterpart. So at a basic level they are just Toyota's with a body kit. But they are nonetheless perceived as a luxury by some.

quote:
Didn't those companies that made Mac knock-offs prove that their PC's had $800 worth of parts in a $2000 price tag?

That is the very definition of luxury. There is no value in luxury, it can never be cost justified. If it could it would not be a luxury it would be the only logical choice. You are trying to make a logical rationalization for a luxury item, and that is a HUGE fallacy. It may be why you don't use a Mac to run Windows, but does not negate the fact that there is a market for it.

Luxury is opinion not fact and how you "see" Apple's is irrelevant to anyone's decision to buy one other than your own.


By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/20/2010 1:10:59 PM , Rating: 3
I paid more for the ThinkPad then I did for the MBP.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By VaultDweller on 1/20/2010 11:59:31 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Personally, I see no point in knocking someone's choice of computer.

Tell that to Apple. :P


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By Crank the Planet on 1/20/2010 3:14:24 PM , Rating: 3
Why buy a Mac when all it is is an overpriced PC? The only thing left that is actually Apple is the OS.

Who can charge $1200 for a brand new iMac and it still comes standard with an 8x dvd drive?

THIS IS 2010!!! Wake up Apple! You have to pay $2500 before you get a box that comes with 18x dvd? What is wrong with this picture?

The only thing "super" about your "super drive" is that it is "super old." Does anybody even make 8x anymore? And don't give me that garbage about "well the average user..."
Apple needs to lose the code for Intel TPM's and make it open to AMD's so that everyone can use their OS. They take a lot more market share from Wintel and double their revenues.


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By sigmatau on 1/20/2010 4:39:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Some users purchase MacBook Pros for their strong battery life on a relatively high-end hardware spec and for their slender, lightweight ultra-portable unibody design.


"Relatively high-end hardware spec?" WOW!!!!

I guess you consider being one year behind in video card technology "high-end". Sorry buddy, but if I want to pay the stupid "high-end" prices of Macs, I would like current technology.


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