24 Jul 2012
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
Windows and OS X Boot Camp: running Redmond at "Retina" resolution
We already gave you our impressions of running OS X on Apple's Retina MacBook Pro, as well as how to maximize battery life by overriding the automatic GPU switching. Since we still had the hardware at our disposal, however, readers expressed interest in knowing how Windows runs at the Retina MacBook Pro's ultra-high resolution.
So I downloaded the latest Windows 7 ISO, grabbed an 8GB USB flash drive, and fired up Boot Camp Assistant. After a couple hours of downloads and two failed install attempts, I was able to get Microsoft's OS purring along quite nicely on the Retina MacBook Pro hardware. Though I don't have much Windows software on hand to give a really in-depth impression of daily use, I was able to run some cross-platform benchmarks, browse the Web, do a little writing, and play around a bit with both Windows resolution and font-scaling settings.
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