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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 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).


RE: WIndows on a Mac. Why?
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