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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 JasonMick on 1/20/2010 10:19:28 AM , Rating: 2
Why oh why would you spend so much more money on Apple hardware, just to put Windows on it? cos the hardware looks pretty? cos has a "cool" Apple badge?

For me it was more a choice of practicality -- I've been developing a couple iPhone games, so it was either that or try to make a Hackintosh. I think there's many software developers (either for OS X or the iPhone) that are in the same boat.

Also, the laptop was much lighter, thinner, and had a better battery life than offerings from Gateway or ASUSTek with similar graphics options. Granted, now with 5000 ATI Mobility designs on there way, I feel a twinge of buyer's remorse, but honestly as someone who needs ultraportability, but still does a lot of computer art+ computer gaming, the MacBook Pro offered the best hardware and packaging for me at my time of purchase late 2009. (I got a pretty nice discount as well).

I can understand if you can't respect that, but it strikes me of blind prejudice. I have nothing against PCs -- my last three computers have been Windows notebooks, and I still primarily use Windows 7 on my MBP, but I had an open enough mind to accept that a Mac might be the best machine for my particular needs.

I've had a great time on it thus far, and it has performed well in my latest 3D gaming fodder such as Fallout 3, Dragon Age: Origins, and FEAR.

Computers are just machines to meet your development and entertainment needs, not a friend -- people should remember that. If something works for you, great, if not get something else. But what good does it do you whining about the choice of someone else?

RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By Pirks on 1/21/2010 3:19:59 AM , Rating: 2
I've been developing a couple iPhone games, so it was either that or try to make a Hackintosh
Snow Leo on VMWare 7 would satisfy all your iPhone development needs with zero money invested :P
it strikes me of blind prejudice
Oh, you just noticed that? Man, you should have read postings of PC trolls (potato and b3an) more throughly, "prejudice" is too mild a word for them.
had a better battery life than offerings from ASUS with similar graphics options
What? It has better battery life than 10 hours provided by UL80Vt? Are you serious?

RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
By Brandon Hill on 1/21/2010 9:09:39 AM , Rating: 2
What? It has better battery life than 10 hours provided by UL80Vt? Are you serious?

Jason said that he wanted a machine that could double as a gaming machine. The GeForce G210M in the UL80Vt is no match for the GeForce 9600M GT in Jason's MacBook Pro AFAIK.

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